History Film / TheMatrix

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->'''“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”''
-->—'''Morpheus'''

The first film of the trilogy begins in what looks like the PresentDay. The film’s protagonist, Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, finds out that this world exists as an illusion created by sentient machines that TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and took over the world. The machines plugged humanity into a virtual world, the Matrix, to keep humanity complacent while the machines sapped their bio-electricity and body heat to fuel themselves.[[note]]The Wachowskis intended for the machines to use humanity [[WetwareCPU as a giant neural computer network]], but ExecutiveMeddling intervened.[[/note]]

Neo eventually finds himself face-to-face with Morpheus, who tells Neo the truth. Neo reluctantly joins the resistance movement against the Machines, which happens in both the real world and the Matrix. “Free minds” know the Matrix only resembles reality, so they need no longer follow certain inconvenient rules (such as gravity) while “jacked in.” (They do have one rule they cannot escape, though: Death in the Matrix means brain death in the real world.) The Matrix has its own defense force, both inside the system (programs known as Agents that can bend the rules of the Matrix) and outside it (hunting machines known as Sentinels). Neo eventually finds his place as a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo foretold hero]] and sets out to free mankind from the Matrix; in the process of this self-discovery, Neo defeats one of the Agents — Smith — and sends the others running in terror.

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->'''“Have ->'''"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”''
-->—'''Morpheus'''

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-->-- '''Morpheus'''

The first film of the trilogy begins in what looks like the PresentDay. The film’s film's protagonist, Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, finds out that this world exists as an illusion created by sentient machines that TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and took over the world. The machines plugged humanity into a virtual world, the Matrix, to keep humanity complacent while the machines sapped their bio-electricity and body heat to fuel themselves.[[note]]The Wachowskis intended for the machines to use humanity [[WetwareCPU as a giant neural computer network]], but ExecutiveMeddling intervened.[[/note]]

Neo eventually finds himself face-to-face with Morpheus, who tells Neo the truth. Neo reluctantly joins the resistance movement against the Machines, which happens in both the real world and the Matrix. “Free minds” "Free minds" know the Matrix only resembles reality, so they need no longer follow certain inconvenient rules (such as gravity) while “jacked "jacked in." (They do have one rule they cannot escape, though: Death in the Matrix means brain death in the real world.) The Matrix has its own defense force, both inside the system (programs known as Agents that can bend the rules of the Matrix) and outside it (hunting machines known as Sentinels). Neo eventually finds his place as a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo foretold hero]] and sets out to free mankind from the Matrix; in the process of this self-discovery, Neo defeats one of the Agents -- Smith -- and sends the others running in terror.



!!Do you want to know what tropes are in ‘‘The Matrix’’?

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!!Do you want to know what tropes are in ‘‘The Matrix’’?
''The Matrix''?



** During the opening, the trace program reads Trinity’s phone number as (3_2) 555-0690. Presumably 312, a reference to the Wachowskis’ hometown of Chicago.

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** During the opening, the trace program reads Trinity’s Trinity's phone number as (3_2) 555-0690. Presumably 312, a reference to the Wachowskis’ Wachowskis' hometown of Chicago.



** Neo has his first meeting with Trinity after a chatroom message suggests he follow a white rabbit (actually a client’s girlfriend, who has a white rabbit tattoo).
** During Morpheus and Neo’s first conversation, Morpheus muses that Neo must be feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, then tells him that if the red pill is chosen, “you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

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** Neo has his first meeting with Trinity after a chatroom message suggests he follow a white rabbit (actually a client’s client's girlfriend, who has a white rabbit tattoo).
** During Morpheus and Neo’s Neo's first conversation, Morpheus muses that Neo must be feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, then tells him that if the red pill is chosen, “you "you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."



* AntiClimax: Neo’s experience in the “Jump” program.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Morpheus is going for this when he asks Neo “Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in [[{{Cyberspace}} this place]]?” but what really drives it home is his follow-up question, “Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now?”
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: When Neo goes to meet Morpheus (and first enters “the real world”). The movie is pretty blatant with the ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' motifs in that scene.
* BalconyEscape: Subverted. Neo is told to do this to escape the Agents looking for him at his office. He tries but is nearly blown off [[ThePrecariousLedge the skinny ledge]] and can’t make himself go any further.

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* AntiClimax: Neo’s Neo's experience in the “Jump” "Jump" program.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Morpheus is going for this when he asks Neo “Do "Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in [[{{Cyberspace}} this place]]?” place]]?" but what really drives it home is his follow-up question, “Do "Do you think that’s that's air you’re you're breathing now?”
now?"
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: When Neo goes to meet Morpheus (and first enters “the "the real world”).world"). The movie is pretty blatant with the ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' motifs in that scene.
* BalconyEscape: Subverted. Neo is told to do this to escape the Agents looking for him at his office. He tries but is nearly blown off [[ThePrecariousLedge the skinny ledge]] and can’t can't make himself go any further.



* BetterThanNew / CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:After he gets killed by Agent Smith]], Neo [[spoiler:becomes [[TheChosenOne the One]] and]] gets much more powerful than before because of being beaten by the BigBad [[spoiler:which was prophesied earlier, in passing, by [[TheOmniscient the Oracle]] when she remarked: “…It looks like you’re waiting for something […] Your next life, maybe.”]]

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* BetterThanNew / CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:After he gets killed by Agent Smith]], Neo [[spoiler:becomes [[TheChosenOne the One]] and]] gets much more powerful than before because of being beaten by the BigBad [[spoiler:which was prophesied earlier, in passing, by [[TheOmniscient the Oracle]] when she remarked: “…It "…It looks like you’re you're waiting for something […] Your next life, maybe.”]]"]]



* BlindSeer: Invoked, then subverted when Neo visits the Oracle. When he and Morpheus get out of the car, the next scene shows a blind [[WizardBeard old man with a stereotypical wise-man beard]] sitting on a bench and holding a cane. The obvious conclusion is that this man is the Oracle. But he’s just a guy sitting on a bench. However … the ''blind'' man nods to Morpheus as he and Neo pass by. Not so blind as we thought; he was likely a lookout for the Oracle.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Mentioned by Cypher by name, though not seen, when he tells Neo he’s been watching the MatrixRainingCode so long he can see what the code represents but not the code itself.

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* BlindSeer: Invoked, then subverted when Neo visits the Oracle. When he and Morpheus get out of the car, the next scene shows a blind [[WizardBeard old man with a stereotypical wise-man beard]] sitting on a bench and holding a cane. The obvious conclusion is that this man is the Oracle. But he’s he's just a guy sitting on a bench. However … the ''blind'' man nods to Morpheus as he and Neo pass by. Not so blind as we thought; he was likely a lookout for the Oracle.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Mentioned by Cypher by name, though not seen, when he tells Neo he’s he's been watching the MatrixRainingCode so long he can see what the code represents but not the code itself.



** As Neo is coming back to reality from the Jump program, he wipes a bit of blood from his mouth. This leads to the reveal that a person’s mind perceives injury in the Matrix and makes it happen in the real world.

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** As Neo is coming back to reality from the Jump program, he wipes a bit of blood from his mouth. This leads to the reveal that a person’s person's mind perceives injury in the Matrix and makes it happen in the real world.



* BodyHorror: Along with having Neo’s mouth [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace sealed shut]] as an intimidation tactic, Smith “bugs” Neo with an insectoid machine that burrows into Neo’s belly through his navel.
* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he stops to [[EvilGloating indulge in chitchat]] about Neo’s TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up and electrocute him from behind.

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* BodyHorror: Along with having Neo’s Neo's mouth [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace sealed shut]] as an intimidation tactic, Smith “bugs” "bugs" Neo with an insectoid machine that burrows into Neo’s Neo's belly through his navel.
* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he stops to [[EvilGloating indulge in chitchat]] about Neo’s Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up and electrocute him from behind.



** The Heart o’ the City Hotel, room 303, in which both the first and penultimate scenes of the movie take place.
** The Trace program that opens the movie, and the last scene of the movie. The first time around, it completes, and reveals Trinity’s location to the Agents. The second time, Neo uses his powers as The One to freeze it before it can make any progress.

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** The Heart o’ o' the City Hotel, room 303, in which both the first and penultimate scenes of the movie take place.
** The Trace program that opens the movie, and the last scene of the movie. The first time around, it completes, and reveals Trinity’s Trinity's location to the Agents. The second time, Neo uses his powers as The One to freeze it before it can make any progress.



** Averted. Neo and Agent Smith exchange fire at each other in the subway station and wind up [[CountingBullets with their guns at each other’s heads]], only to ''point out to each other'' that they’re both out of bullets. It’s interesting how both of their weapons lock empty at the same time, since Neo is using a Beretta 92FS pistol, whose magazine has a fifteen-round capacity, and Smith, a Desert Eagle pistol that holds only seven rounds.
** Neo and Trinity also run out of ammunition and [[ThrowAwayGuns discard their empty weapons]] during the security checkpoint battle. Of course, they brought “lots of guns,” and don’t mind taking their opponents’ weapons. And any case where people fire more rounds than they should be able to with the gun they are using can be easily handwaved because the Matrix programming can create infinite ammo.

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** Averted. Neo and Agent Smith exchange fire at each other in the subway station and wind up [[CountingBullets with their guns at each other’s other's heads]], only to ''point out to each other'' that they’re they're both out of bullets. It’s It's interesting how both of their weapons lock empty at the same time, since Neo is using a Beretta 92FS pistol, whose magazine has a fifteen-round capacity, and Smith, a Desert Eagle pistol that holds only seven rounds.
** Neo and Trinity also run out of ammunition and [[ThrowAwayGuns discard their empty weapons]] during the security checkpoint battle. Of course, they brought “lots "lots of guns,” guns," and don’t don't mind taking their opponents’ opponents' weapons. And any case where people fire more rounds than they should be able to with the gun they are using can be easily handwaved because the Matrix programming can create infinite ammo.



* BrickJoke: Early in the movie, Choi makes a brief comment about mescaline to Neo, saying: “It’s the only way to fly!” [[ContinuityNod The last shot of the movie]] shows Neo getting up and flying for the first time.

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* BrickJoke: Early in the movie, Choi makes a brief comment about mescaline to Neo, saying: “It’s "It's the only way to fly!” fly!" [[ContinuityNod The last shot of the movie]] shows Neo getting up and flying for the first time.



* BulletTime: The TropeCodifier, although it’s used fairly sparingly in the film itself.
* CallToAdventure: Neo ''literally'' receives a cell phone call to adventure from Morpheus, starting Neo’s fight against the Machines [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive (whether he wanted to or not).]]

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* BulletTime: The TropeCodifier, although it’s it's used fairly sparingly in the film itself.
* CallToAdventure: Neo ''literally'' receives a cell phone call to adventure from Morpheus, starting Neo’s Neo's fight against the Machines [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive (whether he wanted to or not).]]



* TheChooserOfTheOne: The Oracle can tell who is or isn’t The One.

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* TheChooserOfTheOne: The Oracle can tell who is or isn’t isn't The One.



* ClickHello: A few times, of which Trinity’s [[VerbThis “Dodge this!”]] is probably the most memorable.
* ClusterFBomb: While the original script had a lot more swearing, most uses of “fuck” that weren’t dropped were replaced with “shit” for the final film.
* ConfiscatedPhone: Neo steals a guy’s cell phone. The guy complains, and Agent Smith steals his body.

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* ClickHello: A few times, of which Trinity’s Trinity's [[VerbThis “Dodge this!”]] "Dodge this!"]] is probably the most memorable.
* ClusterFBomb: While the original script had a lot more swearing, most uses of “fuck” "fuck" that weren’t weren't dropped were replaced with “shit” "shit" for the final film.
* ConfiscatedPhone: Neo steals a guy’s guy's cell phone. The guy complains, and Agent Smith steals his body.



-->'''Agent Smith''': You’re ''empty''.\\
'''Neo''': So are you.

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-->'''Agent Smith''': You’re Smith:''' You're ''empty''.\\
'''Neo''': '''Neo:''' So are you.



** Shortly after, she performs her the famous [[VerbThis “Dodge this”]] on one of the Agents who is about to shoot Neo from close range.
* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler:If you think the dystopian virtual world controlled by machines is a raw deal, just wait till you see the ''real world'' ruled by machines. A GreyGoo scenario is averted but nanomachines have nevertheless blackened the skies. There’s nothing left. This is the primary reason why Cypher turns on his comrades and the Zion human rebellion, wishing he had never chosen the red pill from Morpheus.]]
* CreatorCameo: Creator/TheWachowskis are the window cleaners in the scene where Thomas Anderson’s boss is chewing him out.
* CreepyTwins: A subtle version in the Agent Training Program. If you watch it and you’re certain that you saw the same extras walk by the camera twice, guess what, you’re right: ''All the extras are twins.'' It suggests that Mouse wrote the program and after making half the crowd became lazy and copied them. The producers actually went around looking for basically every pair of twins they could find just for this one scene. Now were you looking for that, [[DistractedByTheSexy or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?]]
* CueTheFallingObject: After Neo and Trinity have a big gunfight with the guards to rescue Morpheus, they casually enter the elevator. The camera then shows the extent of the damage to the lobby, and one of the pillars’ marble collapses onto the floor. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, [[ThrowItIn but was left since it seemed appropriate]].
* DarkestHour: The Sentinels have cut open the hull of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and are about to invade the ship. The crew hears the noises approaching, and the [[DespairEventHorizon look of utter hopelessness]] on the faces of Morpheus and Tank tell us that they don’t even care. The only hope is with Neo who, in this very moment, [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies is shot dead]]]] inside the Matrix. All hope is lost. Trinity, however, brings Neo back with ThePowerOfLove.

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** Shortly after, she performs her the famous [[VerbThis “Dodge this”]] "Dodge this"]] on one of the Agents who is about to shoot Neo from close range.
* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler:If you think the dystopian virtual world controlled by machines is a raw deal, just wait till you see the ''real world'' ruled by machines. A GreyGoo scenario is averted but nanomachines have nevertheless blackened the skies. There’s There's nothing left. This is the primary reason why Cypher turns on his comrades and the Zion human rebellion, wishing he had never chosen the red pill from Morpheus.]]
* CreatorCameo: Creator/TheWachowskis are the window cleaners in the scene where Thomas Anderson’s Anderson's boss is chewing him out.
* CreepyTwins: A subtle version in the Agent Training Program. If you watch it and you’re you're certain that you saw the same extras walk by the camera twice, guess what, you’re you're right: ''All the extras are twins.'' It suggests that Mouse wrote the program and after making half the crowd became lazy and copied them. The producers actually went around looking for basically every pair of twins they could find just for this one scene. Now were you looking for that, [[DistractedByTheSexy or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?]]
* CueTheFallingObject: After Neo and Trinity have a big gunfight with the guards to rescue Morpheus, they casually enter the elevator. The camera then shows the extent of the damage to the lobby, and one of the pillars’ pillars' marble collapses onto the floor. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, [[ThrowItIn but was left since it seemed appropriate]].
* DarkestHour: The Sentinels have cut open the hull of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and are about to invade the ship. The crew hears the noises approaching, and the [[DespairEventHorizon look of utter hopelessness]] on the faces of Morpheus and Tank tell us that they don’t don't even care. The only hope is with Neo who, in this very moment, [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies is shot dead]]]] inside the Matrix. All hope is lost. Trinity, however, brings Neo back with ThePowerOfLove.



* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Neo’s eyes hurt when used for the first time after exiting the Matrix.

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* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Neo’s Neo's eyes hurt when used for the first time after exiting the Matrix.



* DeathIsCheap: If an Agent is killed, he can simply [[BodySurf overwrite a new person]] inside the Matrix. At the end of the subway fight, Smith knocks Neo into the path of an oncoming train, then jumps down to hold him in place, knowing that the collision wouldn’t affect him at all.

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* DeathIsCheap: If an Agent is killed, he can simply [[BodySurf overwrite a new person]] inside the Matrix. At the end of the subway fight, Smith knocks Neo into the path of an oncoming train, then jumps down to hold him in place, knowing that the collision wouldn’t wouldn't affect him at all.



** This also happens right before Neo and Smith’s subway fight, as Smith tries to shoot her before she can leave the Matrix. Once again, she manages to escape JustInTime.

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** This also happens right before Neo and Smith’s Smith's subway fight, as Smith tries to shoot her before she can leave the Matrix. Once again, she manages to escape JustInTime.



* DistractedByTheSexy: The iconic “Woman in the Red Dress” moment in the Agent Training Program. Morpheus and Neo are walking in what looks like a crowded part of the Matrix while Morpheus is instructing him that they can’t trust anyone still plugged into the system, because there are some people so reliant on the Matrix that they will resist any attempted liberation. Neo is distracted by a gorgeous blond woman in a red dress who strolls by and smiles at him; when Morpheus asks if he was paying attention and Neo looks back at her, she’s turned into Agent Smith about to shoot him. Morpheus freezes the program, revealing that this is just another training program, and points out the message: ''[[ParanoiaFuel Agents can override any bluepill without warning]].''

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* DistractedByTheSexy: The iconic “Woman "Woman in the Red Dress” Dress" moment in the Agent Training Program. Morpheus and Neo are walking in what looks like a crowded part of the Matrix while Morpheus is instructing him that they can’t can't trust anyone still plugged into the system, because there are some people so reliant on the Matrix that they will resist any attempted liberation. Neo is distracted by a gorgeous blond woman in a red dress who strolls by and smiles at him; when Morpheus asks if he was paying attention and Neo looks back at her, she’s she's turned into Agent Smith about to shoot him. Morpheus freezes the program, revealing that this is just another training program, and points out the message: ''[[ParanoiaFuel Agents can override any bluepill without warning]].''



-->'''Agent Smith''': Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.\\
'''The Man formerly known as Thomas Anderson''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My name…]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner is Neo!]]''

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-->'''Agent Smith''': Smith:''' Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.\\
'''The Man formerly known as Thomas Anderson''': Anderson:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My name…]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner is Neo!]]''



-->'''Morpheus''': [''Takes out a pill box and empties the contents into his hands''] This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill [''Opens his left hand, revealing a translucent blue pill''], the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill [''Opens his right hand, revealing a similar red pill''], you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. [''Neo reaches for the red pill''] Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.

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-->'''Morpheus''': -->'''Morpheus:''' [''Takes out a pill box and empties the contents into his hands''] This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill [''Opens his left hand, revealing a translucent blue pill''], the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill [''Opens his right hand, revealing a similar red pill''], you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. [''Neo reaches for the red pill''] Remember: all I’m I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more.



* TheDreaded: The Agents are seen as the ultimate enemy, with good reason. Morpheus’ lesson to Neo in the “woman in the red dress” program makes this clear:
-->'''Morpheus''': I won’t lie to you, Neo. Every man or woman who has stood their ground, ''everyone'' who has fought an Agent has died. […] We’ve survived by hiding from them, by running from them. But they are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors, they are holding all the keys, which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.
* DreamWithinADream: Twice. First when Neo meets Trinity at the club only to wake up and find that he’s late for work, and then again when the Agents bug him [[BodyHorror (literally)]] and he [[CatapultNightmare wakes up again]].
-->'''Morpheus''': You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.
* DrivingQuestion: “What is the Matrix?” It’s answered shortly thereafter, but then it’s replaced by “What is real? How do you define real?”
* DrunkenBoxing: Subverted; it’s one of the many fighting styles uploaded into Neo’s head during his training on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', but he never uses it.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Mouse.]] Even though he’s trapped with no way out due to AGlitchInTheMatrix and is bound to be killed by S.W.A.T. forces, he still chooses to go out with GunsAkimbo and blazing.
* EasterEgg: At the end of all the credits, the URL for the (now defunct) website of the film is given, www.whatisthematrix.com, along with a password, ‘steak’. There’s a ‘secret’ link on the page that requests a password.
* EatTheCamera: While Morpheus and his crew are searching for Neo’s body in the real world, Neo touches a mirror. The mirror spreads over him like quicksilver and flows down his throat with the camera following. The scene changes, the audio sounds like it glitches out, and Neo wakes up in his real body.

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* TheDreaded: The Agents are seen as the ultimate enemy, with good reason. Morpheus’ Morpheus' lesson to Neo in the “woman "woman in the red dress” dress" program makes this clear:
-->'''Morpheus''': -->'''Morpheus:''' I won’t won't lie to you, Neo. Every man or woman who has stood their ground, ''everyone'' who has fought an Agent has died. […] We’ve We've survived by hiding from them, by running from them. But they are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors, they are holding all the keys, which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.
* DreamWithinADream: Twice. First when Neo meets Trinity at the club only to wake up and find that he’s he's late for work, and then again when the Agents bug him [[BodyHorror (literally)]] and he [[CatapultNightmare wakes up again]].
-->'''Morpheus''': -->'''Morpheus:''' You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.
* DrivingQuestion: “What "What is the Matrix?” It’s Matrix?" It's answered shortly thereafter, but then it’s it's replaced by “What "What is real? How do you define real?”
real?"
* DrunkenBoxing: Subverted; it’s it's one of the many fighting styles uploaded into Neo’s Neo's head during his training on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', but he never uses it.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Mouse.]] Even though he’s he's trapped with no way out due to AGlitchInTheMatrix and is bound to be killed by S.W.A.T. forces, he still chooses to go out with GunsAkimbo and blazing.
* EasterEgg: At the end of all the credits, the URL for the (now defunct) website of the film is given, www.whatisthematrix.com, along with a password, ‘steak’. There’s 'steak'. There's a ‘secret’ 'secret' link on the page that requests a password.
* EatTheCamera: While Morpheus and his crew are searching for Neo’s Neo's body in the real world, Neo touches a mirror. The mirror spreads over him like quicksilver and flows down his throat with the camera following. The scene changes, the audio sounds like it glitches out, and Neo wakes up in his real body.



* EyeAwaken: Close-up on Neo’s face as he opens his eye after been brought back to life by Trinity’s TrueLovesKiss.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Cypher, tired of the hardships of life in the real world and ''really'' tired of having to serve under Morpheus, informs the Agents that Neo is who they’re going to try to free from the Matrix, and later arranges for the Agents to capture Morpheus.]]

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* EyeAwaken: Close-up on Neo’s Neo's face as he opens his eye after been brought back to life by Trinity’s Trinity's TrueLovesKiss.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Cypher, tired of the hardships of life in the real world and ''really'' tired of having to serve under Morpheus, informs the Agents that Neo is who they’re they're going to try to free from the Matrix, and later arranges for the Agents to capture Morpheus.]]



** Flatline beeping from Mouse’s lifesign monitor [[spoiler:as he dies]].

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** Flatline beeping from Mouse’s Mouse's lifesign monitor [[spoiler:as he dies]].



** Neo is told to “Follow the white rabbit” as a metaphor for waking from the Matrix. Immediately after that the doorbell rings and outside is a woman with a white rabbit tattoo. This is a reference to the trope but not an instance of it.
** On the first movie’s DVD, you can choose to see the film in “White Rabbit Mode.” In this version, a white rabbit symbol appears on the screen during certain scenes and if you click it, you can see brief behind-the-scenes footage of the making of that scene.

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** Neo is told to “Follow "Follow the white rabbit” rabbit" as a metaphor for waking from the Matrix. Immediately after that the doorbell rings and outside is a woman with a white rabbit tattoo. This is a reference to the trope but not an instance of it.
** On the first movie’s movie's DVD, you can choose to see the film in “White "White Rabbit Mode." In this version, a white rabbit symbol appears on the screen during certain scenes and if you click it, you can see brief behind-the-scenes footage of the making of that scene.



** At the very beginning of the movie, we hear the voices of Trinity and Cypher talking over the phone, while in the foreground we see the logs of a tracing program initiating, Trinity then says, “Are you sure this line is safe?” and Cypher replies, “Of course I’m sure.” Cypher, without identifying him as Neo, says to Trinity, “We’re gonna kill him, you know that, don’t you?” A short time later, an Agent says, “The informant is real.” All these foreshadow [[spoiler:Cypher being TheMole]].

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** At the very beginning of the movie, we hear the voices of Trinity and Cypher talking over the phone, while in the foreground we see the logs of a tracing program initiating, Trinity then says, “Are "Are you sure this line is safe?” safe?" and Cypher replies, “Of "Of course I’m I'm sure." Cypher, without identifying him as Neo, says to Trinity, “We’re "We're gonna kill him, you know that, don’t you?” don't you?" A short time later, an Agent says, “The "The informant is real." All these foreshadow [[spoiler:Cypher being TheMole]].



** Neo’s conversations with Choi and, especially, Mr. Rinehart.
--->'''Rinehart''': You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you.

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** Neo’s Neo's conversations with Choi and, especially, Mr. Rinehart.
--->'''Rinehart''': --->'''Rinehart:''' You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you.



** Pretty much everything in the Oracle’s talk with Neo, but three lines in particular: “Your next life, perhaps,” “One of you is going to die,” and “Take a cookie. I promise by the time you’re done eating it, you’ll feel right as rain.” The first two are directly connected to Neo finally becoming the One in the hotel during the fight with the Agents; the third implies insertion of the “Prime Program” the Architect references in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', as his powers start awakening after he eats the cookie.
** During Neo’s training, he asks Morpheus: “What are you saying, that I can dodge bullets?” Morpheus responds, “No, Neo. What I am saying is that when you are ready, you won’t have to.” At the end, [[spoiler:Neo becomes the One and stops bullets with a mere gesture]].

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** Pretty much everything in the Oracle’s Oracle's talk with Neo, but three lines in particular: “Your "Your next life, perhaps,” “One perhaps," "One of you is going to die,” die," and “Take "Take a cookie. I promise by the time you’re you're done eating it, you’ll you'll feel right as rain." The first two are directly connected to Neo finally becoming the One in the hotel during the fight with the Agents; the third implies insertion of the “Prime Program” "Prime Program" the Architect references in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', as his powers start awakening after he eats the cookie.
** During Neo’s Neo's training, he asks Morpheus: “What "What are you saying, that I can dodge bullets?” bullets?" Morpheus responds, “No, "No, Neo. What I am saying is that when you are ready, you won’t won't have to." At the end, [[spoiler:Neo becomes the One and stops bullets with a mere gesture]].



* GargleBlaster: Dozer’s homemade hooch. Cypher says of it, “It’s good for two things: degreasing engines and killing brain cells.”
* GatlingGood: Neo’s helicopter rescue of Morpheus involves him shooting up the entire room (including the Agents) with a door-mounted minigun. [[BloodlessCarnage That the Agents aren’t reduced to chunky salsa isn’t mentioned.]]
* GenreSavvy; During The Oracle’s first conversation with Neo:
-->'''Oracle''': Well, now I’m supposed to say “Hmm… That’s interesting.”

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* GargleBlaster: Dozer’s Dozer's homemade hooch. Cypher says of it, “It’s "It's good for two things: degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
"
* GatlingGood: Neo’s Neo's helicopter rescue of Morpheus involves him shooting up the entire room (including the Agents) with a door-mounted minigun. [[BloodlessCarnage That the Agents aren’t aren't reduced to chunky salsa isn’t isn't mentioned.]]
* GenreSavvy; During The Oracle’s Oracle's first conversation with Neo:
-->'''Oracle''': -->'''Oracle:''' Well, now I’m I'm supposed to say “Hmm… That’s "Hmm… That's interesting."



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Morpheus suggests that adults who are freed from the Matrix have an exceptionally hard time adjusting, which is why they don’t normally free people after they reach a certain age. Cypher’s comment to Trinity in the opening scene (“We’re gonna kill him. You understand that?”) and the “He’s gonna pop!” when Neo’s reeling from the reveals in the first Construct sequence tie into this.
* GoodVersusGood: Unfortunately, one of the downer points about the mission. Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and others frequently kill and injure law enforcement Agents, who are simply not aware that they are part of the Matrix. Morpheus gives their stone-cold philosophy on the subject early on: everyone they are trying to save is plugged into the system,[[note]]For instance, they could at any moment be possessed by an Agent, and Agents can actually see and hear what they see and hear.[[/note]] and “that makes them our enemy.”
** In Trinity’s opening sequence, she is cornered by about six police officers in a seedy abandoned hotel room, and proceeds to kill all of them in short order.
** They are also [[MoralDissonance extremely ruthless about it]]; they don’t ''fight'' security guards and cops so much as ''massacre'' them, particularly in the Hallway scene. Here is how Neo and Trinity get past the lobby guards: Neo slams his palm into the chest of one, then draws a pair of H&K MP5K submachine guns and kills all the other guards. The one he knocked down calls for backup and tries to shoot Trinity, only for her to kill him with an Uzi.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Morpheus suggests that adults who are freed from the Matrix have an exceptionally hard time adjusting, which is why they don’t don't normally free people after they reach a certain age. Cypher’s Cypher's comment to Trinity in the opening scene (“We’re ("We're gonna kill him. You understand that?”) that?") and the “He’s "He's gonna pop!” pop!" when Neo’s Neo's reeling from the reveals in the first Construct sequence tie into this.
* GoodVersusGood: Unfortunately, one of the downer points about the mission. Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and others frequently kill and injure law enforcement Agents, who are simply not aware that they are part of the Matrix. Morpheus gives their stone-cold philosophy on the subject early on: everyone they are trying to save is plugged into the system,[[note]]For instance, they could at any moment be possessed by an Agent, and Agents can actually see and hear what they see and hear.[[/note]] and “that "that makes them our enemy.
"
** In Trinity’s Trinity's opening sequence, she is cornered by about six police officers in a seedy abandoned hotel room, and proceeds to kill all of them in short order.
** They are also [[MoralDissonance extremely ruthless about it]]; they don’t don't ''fight'' security guards and cops so much as ''massacre'' them, particularly in the Hallway scene. Here is how Neo and Trinity get past the lobby guards: Neo slams his palm into the chest of one, then draws a pair of H&K MP5K submachine guns and kills all the other guards. The one he knocked down calls for backup and tries to shoot Trinity, only for her to kill him with an Uzi.



-->'''Neo''': How about, I give you the flipper, and you give me my phone call?\\
'''Security Guard''': [''Neo pulls guns out from under trenchcoat''] “Holy smokes!” or “Holy Shmucks!”\\
'''Neo''': [''The bug gets sucked out of Neo’s stomach''] Jeepers creepers, that thing is real?!\\
'''Cypher''': We would have told you [Morpheus] to shove that red pill right up your ear!\\
'''Mouse''': Music/JudasPriest, he’s fast!\\
'''Tank''': Believe it or not, you piece of slime, you’re still gonna burn!
* GravityIsOnlyATheory: Gravity is not real because the world is not real. At the end of the movie, Neo gives the tyrant overlords the proverbial finger by flying in broad daylight, showing mankind that gravity is not all it’s cracked up to be.
* GreenAesop: Not really the point of the trilogy, but Agent Smith’s monologue to Morpheus definitely has hints of this, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech likening humans to a virus in how they enter an area and multiply until all the natural resources are expended whereas he believes lesser mammals do not]].

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-->'''Neo''': -->'''Neo:''' How about, I give you the flipper, and you give me my phone call?\\
'''Security Guard''': Guard:''' [''Neo pulls guns out from under trenchcoat''] “Holy smokes!” "Holy smokes!" or “Holy Shmucks!”\\
'''Neo''':
"Holy Shmucks!"\\
'''Neo:'''
[''The bug gets sucked out of Neo’s Neo's stomach''] Jeepers creepers, that thing is real?!\\
'''Cypher''': '''Cypher:''' We would have told you [Morpheus] to shove that red pill right up your ear!\\
'''Mouse''': '''Mouse:''' Music/JudasPriest, he’s he's fast!\\
'''Tank''': '''Tank:''' Believe it or not, you piece of slime, you’re you're still gonna burn!
* GravityIsOnlyATheory: Gravity is not real because the world is not real. At the end of the movie, Neo gives the tyrant overlords the proverbial finger by flying in broad daylight, showing mankind that gravity is not all it’s it's cracked up to be.
* GreenAesop: Not really the point of the trilogy, but Agent Smith’s Smith's monologue to Morpheus definitely has hints of this, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech likening humans to a virus in how they enter an area and multiply until all the natural resources are expended whereas he believes lesser mammals do not]].



** Neo’s room before he leaves the Matrix.

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** Neo’s Neo's room before he leaves the Matrix.



* HallwayFight: The FinalBattle between Neo and Agent Smith takes place in a building’s hallway inside the Matrix.

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* HallwayFight: The FinalBattle between Neo and Agent Smith takes place in a building’s building's hallway inside the Matrix.



** As the Agents and police are entering the hotel where Trinity is, Smith makes a “come with me” gesture to the patrolman standing guard.
** As the Agents and some police approach Neo’s cubicle, Agent Smith gives a hand sign to the police to move down another path.
** As Morpheus and the others are climbing down the shaft inside the wetwall during the DejaVu shootout, Morpheus gives a “keep moving down” signal to the rest of the team.

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** As the Agents and police are entering the hotel where Trinity is, Smith makes a “come "come with me” me" gesture to the patrolman standing guard.
** As the Agents and some police approach Neo’s Neo's cubicle, Agent Smith gives a hand sign to the police to move down another path.
** As Morpheus and the others are climbing down the shaft inside the wetwall during the DejaVu shootout, Morpheus gives a “keep "keep moving down” down" signal to the rest of the team.



* HellBentForLeather: The main casts’ costumes when in the Matrix.

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* HellBentForLeather: The main casts’ casts' costumes when in the Matrix.



* HesDeadJim: After Neo has apparently been shot to death, Agent Smith tells another Agent to “Check him.” The other Agent puts a finger to Neo’s neck (apparently checking his pulse), then immediately says “He’s gone.”

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* HesDeadJim: After Neo has apparently been shot to death, Agent Smith tells another Agent to “Check "Check him." The other Agent puts a finger to Neo’s Neo's neck (apparently checking his pulse), then immediately says “He’s "He's gone."



* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he’s rich and popular and forgets everything about his life in Morpheus’ crew.]]

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* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he’s he's rich and popular and forgets everything about his life in Morpheus’ Morpheus' crew.]]



* IntimidationDemonstration: When Morpheus shows Neo the sparring program, he explains: “What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken. Understand? Then hit me, if you can.” Cue Neo and then Morpheus both waving their hands around in the air and assuming theatrical pre-fight poses.
* JurisdictionFriction: In the opening, Agents Smith, Brown, and Jones drive up to the Heart o’ the City Hotel where they’ve dispatched the police to capture Trinity. The conversation between Agent Smith and the senior uniformed cop on the scene suggests that in the simulated world of the Matrix, bluepills see the Agents as the equivalent of the FBI:
-->'''Agent Smith''': [''Getting out of the car''] Lieutenant.\\
'''Lieutenant''': [''Under his breath''] Oh, shit.\\
'''Smith''': Lieutenant, you were given specific orders.\\
'''Lieutenant''': Hey, I’m just doing my job. If you give me that “juris-my-dick-tion” crap, you can cram it up your ass.\\
'''Smith''': The orders were for your protection.\\
'''Lieutenant''': [''Chuckles bitterly''] I think we can handle ''one'' little girl. [''Agent Smith ignores him and starts walking towards the building.''] I sent two units! They’re bringing her down now.\\
'''Smith''': No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead.

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* IntimidationDemonstration: When Morpheus shows Neo the sparring program, he explains: “What "What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken. Understand? Then hit me, if you can." Cue Neo and then Morpheus both waving their hands around in the air and assuming theatrical pre-fight poses.
* JurisdictionFriction: In the opening, Agents Smith, Brown, and Jones drive up to the Heart o’ o' the City Hotel where they’ve they've dispatched the police to capture Trinity. The conversation between Agent Smith and the senior uniformed cop on the scene suggests that in the simulated world of the Matrix, bluepills see the Agents as the equivalent of the FBI:
-->'''Agent Smith''': Smith:''' [''Getting out of the car''] Lieutenant.\\
'''Lieutenant''': '''Lieutenant:''' [''Under his breath''] Oh, shit.\\
'''Smith''': '''Smith:''' Lieutenant, you were given specific orders.\\
'''Lieutenant''': '''Lieutenant:''' Hey, I’m I'm just doing my job. If you give me that “juris-my-dick-tion” "juris-my-dick-tion" crap, you can cram it up your ass.\\
'''Smith''': '''Smith:''' The orders were for your protection.\\
'''Lieutenant''': '''Lieutenant:''' [''Chuckles bitterly''] I think we can handle ''one'' little girl. [''Agent Smith ignores him and starts walking towards the building.''] I sent two units! They’re They're bringing her down now.\\
'''Smith''': '''Smith:''' No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead.



* KubrickStare: After Neo [[spoiler:destroys Agent Smith in the finale]], he gives one of these to Agent Smith’s two accomplices, which is enough for them to make them [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately leave]].

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* KubrickStare: After Neo [[spoiler:destroys Agent Smith in the finale]], he gives one of these to Agent Smith’s Smith's two accomplices, which is enough for them to make them [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately leave]].



* LibertyOverProsperity: Everyone who lives outside of the Matrix has basically chosen this. [[spoiler:[[TheCorruptible Cypher]], however, has [[FaceHeelTurn second thoughts]].]] Of course, since the Matrix is a representation of the world as it was in 1999, not everyone has prosperity there anyway. Agent Smith states an utopia was once attempted, but no one would accept the programming, with it [[LotusEaterMachine being seen as a dream]] they “kept trying to wake up from” and “entire crops were lost.”
* LikeAGodToMe: A DownplayedTrope example, where a guy calls Neo “My own personal Jesus Christ” more out of politeness than awe. Also a subtle form of {{foreshadowing}}, as that’s [[MessianicArchetype what Neo ends up becoming]].

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* LibertyOverProsperity: Everyone who lives outside of the Matrix has basically chosen this. [[spoiler:[[TheCorruptible Cypher]], however, has [[FaceHeelTurn second thoughts]].]] Of course, since the Matrix is a representation of the world as it was in 1999, not everyone has prosperity there anyway. Agent Smith states an utopia was once attempted, but no one would accept the programming, with it [[LotusEaterMachine being seen as a dream]] they “kept "kept trying to wake up from” from" and “entire "entire crops were lost.
"
* LikeAGodToMe: A DownplayedTrope example, where a guy calls Neo “My "My own personal Jesus Christ” Christ" more out of politeness than awe. Also a subtle form of {{foreshadowing}}, as that’s that's [[MessianicArchetype what Neo ends up becoming]].



-->'''Agent Smith''': It seems that you’ve been living two lives. In one life, you’re Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you … help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias “Neo” and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. [[{{Foreshadowing}} One of these lives has a future … and one of them does not.]]
* LocalReference: The Wachowskis are from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, and drop several references to it. Namely, every street is named after a Chicago street, and there is a photo of the Chicago skyline as it was in 1999 on the wall of Mr. Rinehart’s office.

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-->'''Agent Smith''': Smith:''' It seems that you’ve you've been living two lives. In one life, you’re you're Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you … help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias “Neo” "Neo" and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. [[{{Foreshadowing}} One of these lives has a future … and one of them does not.]]
* LocalReference: The Wachowskis are from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, and drop several references to it. Namely, every street is named after a Chicago street, and there is a photo of the Chicago skyline as it was in 1999 on the wall of Mr. Rinehart’s Rinehart's office.



* MagicCountdown: During the climax of the movie, the Sentinels start cutting into the interior of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and it looks like only seconds are left for the crew. But then Trinity starts giving her ThePowerOfLove speech to Neo during which the Sentinels don’t progress because TalkingIsAFreeAction. Then Neo has his HeroicSecondWind and overpowers Agent Smith in the Matrix, all while the Sentinels still make little appreciable progress on the Nebuchadnezzar. Only by the time Neo is finally able to get out of the Matrix, do the Sentinels charge the crew, but the EMP disables them JustInTime.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Neo’s DullSurprise reaction when being shot in the gut by Agent Smith during the climax. It’s implied to be shock and disbelief from being taken by surprise, given that he reacts appropriately when Smith proceeds to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill empty the rest of his clip]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath into Neo]].
* MessianicArchetype: Neo, the prophesied savior known as “the One” bears a close resemblance to UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. He came before, but was prophesied to come again, and resurrects close to the end. On the other hand, he’s far more violent than the Christian depiction, but perhaps would be closer to Jewish views of the Messiah as a warrior king. Morpheus may also resemble John the Baptist, Trinity Mary Magdalene, and the Oracle the various prophets who are believed to have foretold Christ.
* MexicanStandoff: Subverted. Agent Smith and Neo have guns pointed at each others’ heads in the subway, then it’s revealed that [[CountingBullets they both ran out of bullets at the same time]].
* MilitaryMoonshiner: Dozer distills liquor. Word of Cypher is that it’s good for just two things: Degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
* MindRape: Implied to happen to Morpheus as the Agents try to “hack” his brain for the access codes to enter Zion.

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* MagicCountdown: During the climax of the movie, the Sentinels start cutting into the interior of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and it looks like only seconds are left for the crew. But then Trinity starts giving her ThePowerOfLove speech to Neo during which the Sentinels don’t don't progress because TalkingIsAFreeAction. Then Neo has his HeroicSecondWind and overpowers Agent Smith in the Matrix, all while the Sentinels still make little appreciable progress on the Nebuchadnezzar. Only by the time Neo is finally able to get out of the Matrix, do the Sentinels charge the crew, but the EMP disables them JustInTime.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Neo’s Neo's DullSurprise reaction when being shot in the gut by Agent Smith during the climax. It’s It's implied to be shock and disbelief from being taken by surprise, given that he reacts appropriately when Smith proceeds to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill empty the rest of his clip]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath into Neo]].
* MessianicArchetype: Neo, the prophesied savior known as “the One” "the One" bears a close resemblance to UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. He came before, but was prophesied to come again, and resurrects close to the end. On the other hand, he’s he's far more violent than the Christian depiction, but perhaps would be closer to Jewish views of the Messiah as a warrior king. Morpheus may also resemble John the Baptist, Trinity Mary Magdalene, and the Oracle the various prophets who are believed to have foretold Christ.
* MexicanStandoff: Subverted. Agent Smith and Neo have guns pointed at each others’ others' heads in the subway, then it’s it's revealed that [[CountingBullets they both ran out of bullets at the same time]].
* MilitaryMoonshiner: Dozer distills liquor. Word of Cypher is that it’s it's good for just two things: Degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
* MindRape: Implied to happen to Morpheus as the Agents try to “hack” "hack" his brain for the access codes to enter Zion.



** During the Agent Training Program scene, Neo is continually bumping into people as he and Morpheus walk through a crowded city street. Conveniently, the crowd parts for Morpheus, but that’s because he’s done this simulation many times before and knows each person’s programmed walking path.

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** During the Agent Training Program scene, Neo is continually bumping into people as he and Morpheus walk through a crowded city street. Conveniently, the crowd parts for Morpheus, but that’s that's because he’s he's done this simulation many times before and knows each person’s person's programmed walking path.



-->'''Tank''': So, what do you need? [[DeadpanSnarker Besides a miracle.]]\\
'''Neo''': Guns. Lots of guns.
* MotivationalLie: The Oracle uses this, telling Neo that he’s not the One and that Morpheus will sacrifice himself for Neo because he thinks Neo is the One. Neo can’t live with that, so he saves Morpheus, proving that he is in fact the One and awakening his powers along the way. Morpheus says that the Oracle told Neo “exactly what [he] needed to hear.” She later confirms this in ''Reloaded''.

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-->'''Tank''': -->'''Tank:''' So, what do you need? [[DeadpanSnarker Besides a miracle.]]\\
'''Neo''': '''Neo:''' Guns. Lots of guns.
* MotivationalLie: The Oracle uses this, telling Neo that he’s he's not the One and that Morpheus will sacrifice himself for Neo because he thinks Neo is the One. Neo can’t can't live with that, so he saves Morpheus, proving that he is in fact the One and awakening his powers along the way. Morpheus says that the Oracle told Neo “exactly "exactly what [he] needed to hear." She later confirms this in ''Reloaded''.



* NeverendingTerror: Morpheus unplugs Neo from the Matrix, where he was living in a VirtualReality simulation of RealLife. He teaches Neo the truth about the Matrix, including the nature of their foe, the evil ArtificialIntelligence machines. Neo has a mental collapse and falls unconscious. When he wakes up, he asks Morpheus “I can’t go back, can I?” In fact, fatigue with the unending, terrifying RobotWar is what prompts [[spoiler:Cypher to betray the group on the slim hope of being able to go back.]]
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Agent Smith believes this to be the reason behind the failure of the “paradise” Matrix that preceded the current one. He rationalizes that humans define themselves through misery and suffering, and thus paradise was a dream they couldn’t accept as reality. [[spoiler:The true reason is that, to accept the Matrix, humans need to believe they have a choice in the matter, even if they don’t realize it fully.]]
* NoSell: Throughout the film, the Agents are all but immune to anything that the rebels try against them due to their programming; Neo’s evolution to the One begins when he manages to land a telling blow on Smith for the first time. Later, he learns to NoSell the Agents’ attacks on him, until the upgraded Smith comes along.
* NotInKansasAnymore: Just before the red pill taken by Neo kicks in, Cypher says, as LaymansTerms to summarize what Morpheus was saying, “Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye!”
* NotQuiteDead: When [[spoiler:[[TheMole Cypher]]]] shoots [[spoiler:Tank]] and [[spoiler:Dozer]], it’s assumed that he killed them both. However, [[spoiler:Tank regains consciousness and has enough energy to kill Cypher.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Along with his fatigue with the hardships of life outside the Matrix, this is part of what ultimately leads [[spoiler:Cypher]] to betray LaResistance. As he explains at length, while Zion and the rebels have freed him from the tyranny of the Machines’ simulated world, the Zion military themselves are not above using lies of omission and forced conscription in order to draft more soldiers, and all he is able to do as a member of the military is what he is ordered to do; he is ultimately no freer under the rebellion than he was under the Machines.
* ObfuscatedInterface: The MatrixRainingCode provides any information required for the plot without the burden of a conventional user interface: Less danger of the UI becoming dated being or be too hard for the audience to follow. It is there to be visually evocative — the audience gets their information from the characters talking about it. When the déjà vu shootout is about to go down, however, we cut back to Tank’s workstation and the code starts flashing ominously.

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* NeverendingTerror: Morpheus unplugs Neo from the Matrix, where he was living in a VirtualReality simulation of RealLife. He teaches Neo the truth about the Matrix, including the nature of their foe, the evil ArtificialIntelligence machines. Neo has a mental collapse and falls unconscious. When he wakes up, he asks Morpheus “I can’t "I can't go back, can I?” I?" In fact, fatigue with the unending, terrifying RobotWar is what prompts [[spoiler:Cypher to betray the group on the slim hope of being able to go back.]]
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Agent Smith believes this to be the reason behind the failure of the “paradise” "paradise" Matrix that preceded the current one. He rationalizes that humans define themselves through misery and suffering, and thus paradise was a dream they couldn’t couldn't accept as reality. [[spoiler:The true reason is that, to accept the Matrix, humans need to believe they have a choice in the matter, even if they don’t don't realize it fully.]]
* NoSell: Throughout the film, the Agents are all but immune to anything that the rebels try against them due to their programming; Neo’s Neo's evolution to the One begins when he manages to land a telling blow on Smith for the first time. Later, he learns to NoSell the Agents’ Agents' attacks on him, until the upgraded Smith comes along.
* NotInKansasAnymore: Just before the red pill taken by Neo kicks in, Cypher says, as LaymansTerms to summarize what Morpheus was saying, “Buckle "Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye!”
bye-bye!"
* NotQuiteDead: When [[spoiler:[[TheMole Cypher]]]] shoots [[spoiler:Tank]] and [[spoiler:Dozer]], it’s it's assumed that he killed them both. However, [[spoiler:Tank regains consciousness and has enough energy to kill Cypher.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Along with his fatigue with the hardships of life outside the Matrix, this is part of what ultimately leads [[spoiler:Cypher]] to betray LaResistance. As he explains at length, while Zion and the rebels have freed him from the tyranny of the Machines’ Machines' simulated world, the Zion military themselves are not above using lies of omission and forced conscription in order to draft more soldiers, and all he is able to do as a member of the military is what he is ordered to do; he is ultimately no freer under the rebellion than he was under the Machines.
* ObfuscatedInterface: The MatrixRainingCode provides any information required for the plot without the burden of a conventional user interface: Less danger of the UI becoming dated being or be too hard for the audience to follow. It is there to be visually evocative -- the audience gets their information from the characters talking about it. When the déjà vu shootout is about to go down, however, we cut back to Tank’s Tank's workstation and the code starts flashing ominously.



** The “déjà vu” sequence — and what the heroes discover has been altered in the Matrix — causes several for the entire team: Neo’s “Huh, déjà vu” immediately stops the team dead in their tracks in fear, Tank’s “Oh my God” when he realizes [[spoiler:their exits have blocked by newly-created brick walls]], and [[spoiler:Mouse and Tank have an “Oh no” when they both realize Mouse is trapped in the safe house with a full police force about to barge in]].

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** The “déjà vu” "déjà vu" sequence -- and what the heroes discover has been altered in the Matrix -- causes several for the entire team: Neo’s “Huh, Neo's "Huh, déjà vu” vu" immediately stops the team dead in their tracks in fear, Tank’s “Oh Tank's "Oh my God” God" when he realizes [[spoiler:their exits have blocked by newly-created brick walls]], and [[spoiler:Mouse and Tank have an “Oh no” "Oh no" when they both realize Mouse is trapped in the safe house with a full police force about to barge in]].



--->‘‘‘Neo''' [''Ducking back down after spotting them'']: OH SHIT!\\
'''Morpheus''': ''Yes.''
** The security guard who sees all the guns Neo has under his coat yells out “HOLY SHIT!” before the carnage ensues.
** Cypher answers the phone, and not Tank or Dozer. Trinity, horrified, realizes [[spoiler:he’s caused theirs and Mouse’s death along with Morpheus’ capture. Apoc and Switch can only react with an “Oh God!” as they know they are completely vulnerable and about to be murdered via an abrupt disconnection.]]

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--->‘‘‘Neo''' --->'''Neo''' [''Ducking back down after spotting them'']: OH SHIT!\\
'''Morpheus''': '''Morpheus:''' ''Yes.''
** The security guard who sees all the guns Neo has under his coat yells out “HOLY SHIT!” "HOLY SHIT!" before the carnage ensues.
** Cypher answers the phone, and not Tank or Dozer. Trinity, horrified, realizes [[spoiler:he’s [[spoiler:he's caused theirs and Mouse’s Mouse's death along with Morpheus’ Morpheus' capture. Apoc and Switch can only react with an “Oh God!” "Oh God!" as they know they are completely vulnerable and about to be murdered via an abrupt disconnection.]]



* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: “No one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Belinda [=McClory=]’s UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n accent starts to come through in the scene right before her character, Switch, dies (the part where she says “Not like this!”)
* OracularUrchin: The androgynous monk child (“Spoon Boy” according to the script) who claims that “There is no spoon.”
* OrificeInvasion: The “bug” Smith implants in Neo enters through his navel.

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* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: “No "No one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.
"
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Belinda [=McClory=]’s [=McClory=]'s UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n accent starts to come through in the scene right before her character, Switch, dies (the part where she says “Not "Not like this!”)
this!")
* OracularUrchin: The androgynous monk child (“Spoon Boy” ("Spoon Boy" according to the script) who claims that “There "There is no spoon.
"
* OrificeInvasion: The “bug” "bug" Smith implants in Neo enters through his navel.



* TheOutsideWorld: There are ''three'' different “Outsides” to which an enterprising human could escape.

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* TheOutsideWorld: There are ''three'' different “Outsides” "Outsides" to which an enterprising human could escape.



** The next “Outside” is getting from the power plant to the colony called Zion.

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** The next “Outside” "Outside" is getting from the power plant to the colony called Zion.



-->'''Mouse''': Morpheus is fighting Neo!

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-->'''Mouse''': -->'''Mouse:''' Morpheus is fighting Neo!



* PlatonicCave: The Matrix. Later, Cypher subverts this by claiming that ‘reality’ is merely a subjective-relative state post empirical evidence, which drops down on one’s perspective and ideals. Thus, the Matrix can very much be the real world.

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* PlatonicCave: The Matrix. Later, Cypher subverts this by claiming that ‘reality’ 'reality' is merely a subjective-relative state post empirical evidence, which drops down on one’s one's perspective and ideals. Thus, the Matrix can very much be the real world.



* PlummetPerspective: Neo’s cellphone when he drops it while trying to walk the [[ThePrecariousLedge ledge of his office building]].
* PovertyFood: The crew is served ‘economical’ grey mush which is not very satisfying. It’s one reason why [[spoiler:Cypher]] commits a FaceHeelTurn, so he could once again get to taste delicious food, if only as an illusion inside the Matrix.
* ThePowerOfLove: Neo’s transformation into The One is sparked by Trinity telling his mostly-dead body that she loves him. The sensation of her kiss on his lips convinces him he may not be as dead as he thinks he is. [[spoiler:Then again, it could be the Prime Program activating and fully awakening Neo’s powers.]]

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* PlummetPerspective: Neo’s Neo's cellphone when he drops it while trying to walk the [[ThePrecariousLedge ledge of his office building]].
* PovertyFood: The crew is served ‘economical’ 'economical' grey mush which is not very satisfying. It’s It's one reason why [[spoiler:Cypher]] commits a FaceHeelTurn, so he could once again get to taste delicious food, if only as an illusion inside the Matrix.
* ThePowerOfLove: Neo’s Neo's transformation into The One is sparked by Trinity telling his mostly-dead body that she loves him. The sensation of her kiss on his lips convinces him he may not be as dead as he thinks he is. [[spoiler:Then again, it could be the Prime Program activating and fully awakening Neo’s Neo's powers.]]



* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Agent Smith to Neo before charging him in the subway: [[TheSadist “I’m going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson.”]]
* PrecisionFStrike: The one security guard who says [[OhCrap “Holy shit!”]] in reaction to Neo revealing the arsenal he’s carrying under his coat.
* PreExplosionGlow: After Neo dives into him, this happens to Agent Smith just before he’s blown apart.

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* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Agent Smith to Neo before charging him in the subway: [[TheSadist “I’m "I'm going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson.”]]
"]]
* PrecisionFStrike: The one security guard who says [[OhCrap “Holy shit!”]] "Holy shit!"]] in reaction to Neo revealing the arsenal he’s he's carrying under his coat.
* PreExplosionGlow: After Neo dives into him, this happens to Agent Smith just before he’s he's blown apart.



—>[[spoiler:'''Cypher''']]: You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [''Takes a bite of steak''] Ignorance is bliss.
* PrematureEmpowerment: Morpheus feeds Neo a line about how nobody can ‘explain’ the Matrix — but doesn’t try very hard before [[RedPillBluePill giving Neo the choice of which pill to take]]. (Later, Cypher complains about Morpheus having done this when recruiting him, citing it as one of the reasons for his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]].)
** Justified, as trying to do this when you’re in the Matrix itself is one of those things that the Machines’ search programs tend to pick up on (which generally means the Agents will be after you — and before Neo became the One, [[ImplacableMan you did NOT want to mess with the Agents]]). Besides, any explanation of the reality (or lack thereof) of the Matrix is a lot more believable once the person in question is actually ''out'' of the Matrix.

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—>[[spoiler:'''Cypher''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Cypher''']]: You know, I know this steak doesn’t doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [''Takes a bite of steak''] Ignorance is bliss.
* PrematureEmpowerment: Morpheus feeds Neo a line about how nobody can ‘explain’ 'explain' the Matrix -- but doesn’t doesn't try very hard before [[RedPillBluePill giving Neo the choice of which pill to take]]. (Later, Cypher complains about Morpheus having done this when recruiting him, citing it as one of the reasons for his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]].)
** Justified, as trying to do this when you’re you're in the Matrix itself is one of those things that the Machines’ Machines' search programs tend to pick up on (which generally means the Agents will be after you -- and before Neo became the One, [[ImplacableMan you did NOT want to mess with the Agents]]). Besides, any explanation of the reality (or lack thereof) of the Matrix is a lot more believable once the person in question is actually ''out'' of the Matrix.



* PreMortemOneLiner: Besides the famous “Dodge this” example, there’s also another one: before frying Cypher, Tank says: “Believe it or not, you piece of shit, you’re still gonna burn!”
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: The {{Mook|s}} who got the [[BoomHeadshot “Dodge this!”]] treatment by Trinity on the rooftop, is subsequently seen to sport nothing more than a little red entry wound on his forehead.

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* PreMortemOneLiner: Besides the famous “Dodge this” "Dodge this" example, there’s there's also another one: before frying Cypher, Tank says: “Believe "Believe it or not, you piece of shit, you’re you're still gonna burn!”
burn!"
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: The {{Mook|s}} who got the [[BoomHeadshot “Dodge this!”]] "Dodge this!"]] treatment by Trinity on the rooftop, is subsequently seen to sport nothing more than a little red entry wound on his forehead.



* ProsceniumReveal: The entire Agent Training Program scene is written this way. We see Neo and Morpheus apparently walking down a street inside the Matrix. After Morpheus asks Neo whether he was listening [[DistractedByTheSexy or looking at the woman in the red dress]], he tells Neo to look again. The woman has instantly turned into Agent Smith, who draws his pistol on Neo. When Neo ducks, Morpheus says “Freeze it,” and everything on the screen freezes where it is (except for Neo and Morpheus), revealing that we are inside a training simulator.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Neo goes into the lobby to rescue Morpheus and goes to kill unarmed security guards. As Morpheus explains, every single human who has not yet been freed could become an Agent. So they’ve been trained to kill on sight to make sure they won’t have to deal with Agents.
* QuestionableConsent: As Cypher [[VillainHasAPoint specifically complains]], the whole “red pill vs. blue pill” choice was dishonest. Only the Matrix was explained in full, not the “real world,” and many, like him, would reject it had they known.

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* ProsceniumReveal: The entire Agent Training Program scene is written this way. We see Neo and Morpheus apparently walking down a street inside the Matrix. After Morpheus asks Neo whether he was listening [[DistractedByTheSexy or looking at the woman in the red dress]], he tells Neo to look again. The woman has instantly turned into Agent Smith, who draws his pistol on Neo. When Neo ducks, Morpheus says “Freeze it,” "Freeze it," and everything on the screen freezes where it is (except for Neo and Morpheus), revealing that we are inside a training simulator.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Neo goes into the lobby to rescue Morpheus and goes to kill unarmed security guards. As Morpheus explains, every single human who has not yet been freed could become an Agent. So they’ve they've been trained to kill on sight to make sure they won’t won't have to deal with Agents.
* QuestionableConsent: As Cypher [[VillainHasAPoint specifically complains]], the whole “red "red pill vs. blue pill” pill" choice was dishonest. Only the Matrix was explained in full, not the “real world,” "real world," and many, like him, would reject it had they known.



* RefusalOfTheCall: When Neo is standing out on the ledge of his workplace, he has been told he must walk across to the ledge to a scaffold. Dropping a cell phone, he decides he can’t make it and goes back in, accepting arrest by the police.
* ResidualSelfImage: A person’s avatar within the Matrix is generated by a combination of will and programming parameters established by the Matrix. This appearance can be markedly different from the ‘outer’ self.
—>‘‘‘Morpheus’‘‘: [''Speaking to Neo in the Construct''] […] Your clothes are different; the plugs in your arms and head are gone. Your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call [[TropeNamers “residual self-image.”]] It is the mental projection of your digital self.

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* RefusalOfTheCall: When Neo is standing out on the ledge of his workplace, he has been told he must walk across to the ledge to a scaffold. Dropping a cell phone, he decides he can’t can't make it and goes back in, accepting arrest by the police.
* ResidualSelfImage: A person’s person's avatar within the Matrix is generated by a combination of will and programming parameters established by the Matrix. This appearance can be markedly different from the ‘outer’ 'outer' self.
—>‘‘‘Morpheus’‘‘: -->'''Morpheus:''' [''Speaking to Neo in the Construct''] […] Your clothes are different; the plugs in your arms and head are gone. Your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call [[TropeNamers “residual "residual self-image.”]] "]] It is the mental projection of your digital self.



* RevivalLoophole: According to the Oracle, Neo has the potential to be the One, but he’s waiting for something, maybe “his next life.” At the end of the movie …

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* RevivalLoophole: According to the Oracle, Neo has the potential to be the One, but he’s he's waiting for something, maybe “his "his next life." At the end of the movie …



* {{Roofhopping}}: There’s a ChaseScene that involves Trinity leaping between buildings to escape the Agents, and their pursuit. Part way through, the whole thing is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when a cop, seeing an Agent jump an unbelievable distance following Trinity, says, “That’s impossible!” This is also our first hint that the action is not, in fact, taking place in the real world.

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* {{Roofhopping}}: There’s There's a ChaseScene that involves Trinity leaping between buildings to escape the Agents, and their pursuit. Part way through, the whole thing is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when a cop, seeing an Agent jump an unbelievable distance following Trinity, says, “That’s impossible!” "That's impossible!" This is also our first hint that the action is not, in fact, taking place in the real world.



* SamusIsAGirl: Trinity, from Neo’s perspective. Because as we all know … ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet.

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* SamusIsAGirl: Trinity, from Neo’s Neo's perspective. Because as we all know … ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet.



** When Neo is alone in his room on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' for the first time. Reaching back to the back of his head, we first see the plug on the base of Neo’s skull as the scare chord plays.

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** When Neo is alone in his room on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' for the first time. Reaching back to the back of his head, we first see the plug on the base of Neo’s Neo's skull as the scare chord plays.



* SneezeOfDoom: During [[spoiler:the crawl through the walls in the big escape scene]], Cypher gets some dust knocked in his face and lets go of one of these, alerting the police to their location. [[spoiler:[[TheMole It’s possible this was deliberate.]]]]

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* SneezeOfDoom: During [[spoiler:the crawl through the walls in the big escape scene]], Cypher gets some dust knocked in his face and lets go of one of these, alerting the police to their location. [[spoiler:[[TheMole It’s It's possible this was deliberate.]]]]



* StressVomit: While in virtual reality Neo learns that his entire previous life has been an illusion and most of humanity is enslaved by the Machines. He can’t accept this, and after returning to the real world he throws up on the deck of the hovership.
* SuicideMission: Neo and Trinity’s plan to rescue Morpheus is considered one by Tank.
* SuperReflexes: In the Agent Training Program scene, Morpheus explains to Neo about why the Agents are TheDreaded, and how every single person who’s ever attempted to fight one ended up dying. Then when Neo runs into Agent Brown on the helipad while attempting to rescue Morpheus, he (along with the audience) finds out exactly why Agents are so feared; Neo empties two pistols at one, only for the Agent to dodge each bullet, and appearing like a blur as he does so. [[spoiler:Neo then finds out he’s also capable of moving the same way as well, though one bullet does graze his leg.]]
* TakeMyHand: Neo jumping off a chopper to get Morpheus. The shot where you see the two men diving for each other from below, arms outstretched, was called the “I Love You, Man” shot among the crew.
* TakeThat: Easy to miss. Cypher wants to be an actor who remembers nothing. Agent Smith calls him [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Mr. Reagan]]. If so, [[DudeNotFunny it could have a rather cruel joke]]; in 1994, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan disclosed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Though it could be a reference to Reagan’s repeated assertions that he couldn’t remember critical details of the Iran-Contra scandal.

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* StressVomit: While in virtual reality Neo learns that his entire previous life has been an illusion and most of humanity is enslaved by the Machines. He can’t can't accept this, and after returning to the real world he throws up on the deck of the hovership.
* SuicideMission: Neo and Trinity’s Trinity's plan to rescue Morpheus is considered one by Tank.
* SuperReflexes: In the Agent Training Program scene, Morpheus explains to Neo about why the Agents are TheDreaded, and how every single person who’s who's ever attempted to fight one ended up dying. Then when Neo runs into Agent Brown on the helipad while attempting to rescue Morpheus, he (along with the audience) finds out exactly why Agents are so feared; Neo empties two pistols at one, only for the Agent to dodge each bullet, and appearing like a blur as he does so. [[spoiler:Neo then finds out he’s he's also capable of moving the same way as well, though one bullet does graze his leg.]]
* TakeMyHand: Neo jumping off a chopper to get Morpheus. The shot where you see the two men diving for each other from below, arms outstretched, was called the “I "I Love You, Man” Man" shot among the crew.
* TakeThat: Easy to miss. Cypher wants to be an actor who remembers nothing. Agent Smith calls him [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Mr. Reagan]]. If so, [[DudeNotFunny it could have a rather cruel joke]]; in 1994, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan disclosed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Alzheimer's Disease. Though it could be a reference to Reagan’s Reagan's repeated assertions that he couldn’t couldn't remember critical details of the Iran-Contra scandal.



* TeamShot: The crew of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' gets one when they take Neo to The Oracle, except Tank and Dozer, who can’t jack into the Matrix because they were born outside.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Cypher tells Trinity that Neo can’t be The One, since it would take ‘a miracle’ to stop him from killing him right there. A few lines later, Tank hauls himself to his feet with a gun and kills Cypher before he can unplug Neo.]]

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* TeamShot: The crew of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' gets one when they take Neo to The Oracle, except Tank and Dozer, who can’t can't jack into the Matrix because they were born outside.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Cypher tells Trinity that Neo can’t can't be The One, since it would take ‘a miracle’ 'a miracle' to stop him from killing him right there. A few lines later, Tank hauls himself to his feet with a gun and kills Cypher before he can unplug Neo.]]



-->'''Morpheus''': Humans have always been dependent on machines. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
* ThatManIsDead: “My name … is Neo!”

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-->'''Morpheus''': -->'''Morpheus:''' Humans have always been dependent on machines. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
* ThatManIsDead: “My "My name … is Neo!”Neo!"



-->'''Morpheus''': Stop ''trying'' to hit me and ''hit'' me!

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-->'''Morpheus''': -->'''Morpheus:''' Stop ''trying'' to hit me and ''hit'' me!



-->'''The Oracle''': Now I’m supposed to say “Hmm, that’s interesting, but…” and then you say…\\
'''Neo''': But what?\\
'''The Oracle''': But you already know what I’m going to tell you.

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-->'''The Oracle''': Oracle:''' Now I’m I'm supposed to say “Hmm, that’s "Hmm, that's interesting, but…” but…" and then you say…\\
'''Neo''': '''Neo:''' But what?\\
'''The Oracle''': Oracle:''' But you already know what I’m I'm going to tell you.



* TheTreacheryOfImages: “There is no spoon.”

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* TheTreacheryOfImages: “There "There is no spoon."



** In the beginning of the movie, Trinity jumps across a roof to escape an Agent. The first time, he follows. The second time, she jumps into a window in the side of the building. He doesn’t follow.

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** In the beginning of the movie, Trinity jumps across a roof to escape an Agent. The first time, he follows. The second time, she jumps into a window in the side of the building. He doesn’t doesn't follow.



* UnfamiliarCeiling: When Neo awakes after been ejected from the Matrix, he looks up to see the unfamiliar faces of Trinity and Morpheus and asks if he is dead. Morpheus replies, “Far from it.”

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* UnfamiliarCeiling: When Neo awakes after been ejected from the Matrix, he looks up to see the unfamiliar faces of Trinity and Morpheus and asks if he is dead. Morpheus replies, “Far "Far from it."



** The Agent training scenario (“Were you listening to me, Neo, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?”). Even Neo is fooled into thinking it was the real thing. [[UnwinnableByDesign The scenario is designed always to end with the trainee’s death]], because a human ''cannot'' beat an Agent. The only recourse when faced with one is to attempt escape, which doesn’t always work.
** The Jump program isn’t designed to be this, but nobody ever makes their first jump (not even TheChosenOne).
* UseYourHead: Morpheus and Agent Smith do this to each other during their fight before Morpheus’ capture.
* VerbThis: Trinity’s famous PreMortemOneLiner, “Dodge this,” to an Agent right before [[BoomHeadshot blowing his brains out at point-blank range]]. [[BodySurf He does dodge the bullet, just not in a natural way]], and the body he was using as a host was not so lucky.
* VillainHasAPoint: Cypher betrays and murders his comrades for a chance to get back inside the Matrix, making him clearly villainous. However, he claims one of his grievances with Morpheus is the admittedly shady way that Morpheus gains new recruits by piquing their interest with cryptic conversations and not telling them the truth about the real world being a bombed-out wasteland until after they’ve decided.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Neo puking just before he passes out after TheReveal. This is a case of WrittenInInfirmity. During that take, Creator/KeanuReeves was suffering food poisoning he got from eating some bad chicken. It caught up with him during the take that ended up in the film’s final cut.

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** The Agent training scenario (“Were ("Were you listening to me, Neo, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?”).dress?"). Even Neo is fooled into thinking it was the real thing. [[UnwinnableByDesign The scenario is designed always to end with the trainee’s trainee's death]], because a human ''cannot'' beat an Agent. The only recourse when faced with one is to attempt escape, which doesn’t doesn't always work.
** The Jump program isn’t isn't designed to be this, but nobody ever makes their first jump (not even TheChosenOne).
* UseYourHead: Morpheus and Agent Smith do this to each other during their fight before Morpheus’ Morpheus' capture.
* VerbThis: Trinity’s Trinity's famous PreMortemOneLiner, “Dodge this,” "Dodge this," to an Agent right before [[BoomHeadshot blowing his brains out at point-blank range]]. [[BodySurf He does dodge the bullet, just not in a natural way]], and the body he was using as a host was not so lucky.
* VillainHasAPoint: Cypher betrays and murders his comrades for a chance to get back inside the Matrix, making him clearly villainous. However, he claims one of his grievances with Morpheus is the admittedly shady way that Morpheus gains new recruits by piquing their interest with cryptic conversations and not telling them the truth about the real world being a bombed-out wasteland until after they’ve they've decided.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Neo puking just before he passes out after TheReveal. This is a case of WrittenInInfirmity. During that take, Creator/KeanuReeves was suffering food poisoning he got from eating some bad chicken. It caught up with him during the take that ended up in the film’s film's final cut.



* WhamLine: Agent Smith in the opening scene: “No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead.”

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* WhamLine: Agent Smith in the opening scene: “No, "No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead."



* WhiteBunny: Neo is told to follow the white rabbit which he does when noticing the customer girl’s shoulder tattoo of a white rabbit.

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* WhiteBunny: Neo is told to follow the white rabbit which he does when noticing the customer girl’s girl's shoulder tattoo of a white rabbit.



-->'''Smith''': Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to ''speak''?

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-->'''Smith''': -->'''Smith:''' Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re you're unable to ''speak''?



* WrongGenreSavvy: Initially, Neo believes he is in a {{Cyber|Punk}}-{{Thriller}} set NextSundayAD and TheMenInBlack who kidnap him are government agents who are hassling him about his computer hacking. [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled Of course, it turns out]] that this is not the case and he’s actually living in a LotusEaterMachine in a CrapsackWorld in a distant future, after a ApocalypseHow/Class2 ApocalypseHow, and the world inside the machine is only CyberPunk because computers and telephones in the virtual world act as symbols of communication with the real world outside the Matrix.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: You are not meant to pass the Jump program first time. Much to Mouse’s confusion. The entire point of the simulation is to show what you can eventually do, to open and free your mind from all doubt, and most poignantly, that ''if you die in the Matrix you die in the real world''.
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: One of Neo’s first nights on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', Trinity has just brought Neo his dinner and Cypher decides to tease her about her obvious attraction to him.
-->'''Cypher''': I don’t remember you ever bringing ''me'' dinner.
* YourMindMakesItReal: {{Trope Namer|s}}. When Neo discovers that he has a nosebleed after a fight simulation, Morpheus reveals that someone will die in the real world when they die in the Matrix, stating that “the body cannot live without the mind.” [[spoiler:We see this firsthand when Mouse is violently gunned down in the Matrix and we see him spitting blood and then flatlining in the real world.]]

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Initially, Neo believes he is in a {{Cyber|Punk}}-{{Thriller}} set NextSundayAD and TheMenInBlack who kidnap him are government agents who are hassling him about his computer hacking. [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled Of course, it turns out]] that this is not the case and he’s he's actually living in a LotusEaterMachine in a CrapsackWorld in a distant future, after a ApocalypseHow/Class2 ApocalypseHow, and the world inside the machine is only CyberPunk because computers and telephones in the virtual world act as symbols of communication with the real world outside the Matrix.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: You are not meant to pass the Jump program first time. Much to Mouse’s Mouse's confusion. The entire point of the simulation is to show what you can eventually do, to open and free your mind from all doubt, and most poignantly, that ''if you die in the Matrix you die in the real world''.
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: One of Neo’s Neo's first nights on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', Trinity has just brought Neo his dinner and Cypher decides to tease her about her obvious attraction to him.
-->'''Cypher''': -->'''Cypher:''' I don’t don't remember you ever bringing ''me'' dinner.
* YourMindMakesItReal: {{Trope Namer|s}}. When Neo discovers that he has a nosebleed after a fight simulation, Morpheus reveals that someone will die in the real world when they die in the Matrix, stating that “the "the body cannot live without the mind." [[spoiler:We see this firsthand when Mouse is violently gunned down in the Matrix and we see him spitting blood and then flatlining in the real world.]]



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->''"Have you ever had a dream Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"''
-->-- '''Morpheus'''

The first film of the trilogy begins in what looks like the PresentDay. The film's protagonist, Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, finds out that this world exists as an illusion created by sentient machines that TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and took over the world. The machines plugged humanity into a virtual world, the Matrix, to keep humanity complacent while the machines sapped their bio-electricity to fuel themselves. [[note]]The Wachowskis intended for the machines to use humanity [[WetwareCPU as a giant neural computer network]], but ExecutiveMeddling intervened.[[/note]]

Neo eventually finds himself face-to-face with Morpheus, who teaches Neo the truth; Neo reluctantly joins the resistance movement against the Machines, which happens in both the real world and the Matrix. "Free minds" know the Matrix only resembles reality, so they no longer have to follow certain inconvenient rules (such as gravity) while "jacked in." (They do have one rule they cannot escape, though: Death in the Matrix means brain death in the real world.) The Matrix has its own defense force, both inside the system (programs known as Agents that can bend the rules of the Matrix) and outside it (hunting machines known as Sentinels). Neo eventually finds his place as a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo foretold hero]] and sets out to free mankind from the Matrix; in the process of this self-discovery, Neo defeats one of the Agents -- Smith -- and sends the others running in terror.

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->''"Have ->'''“Have you ever had a dream dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"''
-->-- '''Morpheus'''

world?”''
-->—'''Morpheus'''

The first film of the trilogy begins in what looks like the PresentDay. The film's film’s protagonist, Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, finds out that this world exists as an illusion created by sentient machines that TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and took over the world. The machines plugged humanity into a virtual world, the Matrix, to keep humanity complacent while the machines sapped their bio-electricity and body heat to fuel themselves. themselves.[[note]]The Wachowskis intended for the machines to use humanity [[WetwareCPU as a giant neural computer network]], but ExecutiveMeddling intervened.[[/note]]

Neo eventually finds himself face-to-face with Morpheus, who teaches tells Neo the truth; truth. Neo reluctantly joins the resistance movement against the Machines, which happens in both the real world and the Matrix. "Free minds" “Free minds” know the Matrix only resembles reality, so they need no longer have to follow certain inconvenient rules (such as gravity) while "jacked “jacked in." (They do have one rule they cannot escape, though: Death in the Matrix means brain death in the real world.) The Matrix has its own defense force, both inside the system (programs known as Agents that can bend the rules of the Matrix) and outside it (hunting machines known as Sentinels). Neo eventually finds his place as a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo foretold hero]] and sets out to free mankind from the Matrix; in the process of this self-discovery, Neo defeats one of the Agents -- Smith -- and sends the others running in terror.



!!Do you want to know what tropes are in ''The Matrix''?

* FiveFiveFive: During the opening the trace program reads Trinity's phone number as (3_2) 555-0690. Presumably 312, a reference to the Wachowskis' hometown of Chicago.

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!!Do you want to know what tropes are in ''The Matrix''?

‘‘The Matrix’’?

* FiveFiveFive: FiveFiveFive:
**
During the opening opening, the trace program reads Trinity's Trinity’s phone number as (3_2) 555-0690. Presumably 312, a reference to the Wachowskis' Wachowskis’ hometown of Chicago.Chicago.
** In the hotel room where Trinity is apprehended, a company called City Hoarding has its logo stamped on the wall. Its phone number: 555-0156.



** Neo has his first meeting with Trinity after a chatroom message suggests he follow a white rabbit (actually a client's girlfriend, who has a white rabbit tattoo).
** During Morpheus and Neo's first conversation, Morpheus muses that Neo must be feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, then tells him that if the red pill is chosen, "you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

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** Neo has his first meeting with Trinity after a chatroom message suggests he follow a white rabbit (actually a client's client’s girlfriend, who has a white rabbit tattoo).
** During Morpheus and Neo's Neo’s first conversation, Morpheus muses that Neo must be feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, then tells him that if the red pill is chosen, "you “you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."



* AntiClimax: Neo's experience in the "jump" program.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Morpheus is going for this when he asks Neo "Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in [[{{Cyberspace}} this place]]?" but what really drives it home is his follow-up question, "Do you think that's air you're breathing now?"
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: When Neo goes to meet Morpheus (and first enters "the real world"). The movie is pretty blatant with the ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' motifs in that scene.
* BalconyEscape: Subverted. Neo is told to do this to escape the Agents looking for him at his workplace. He tries but is nearly blown off [[ThePrecariousLedge the skinny ledge]] and can't make himself go any further.

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* AntiClimax: Neo's Neo’s experience in the "jump" “Jump” program.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Morpheus is going for this when he asks Neo "Do “Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in [[{{Cyberspace}} this place]]?" place]]?” but what really drives it home is his follow-up question, "Do “Do you think that's that’s air you're you’re breathing now?"
now?”
* AstralCheckerboardDecor: When Neo goes to meet Morpheus (and first enters "the “the real world").world”). The movie is pretty blatant with the ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' motifs in that scene.
* BalconyEscape: Subverted. Neo is told to do this to escape the Agents looking for him at his workplace. office. He tries but is nearly blown off [[ThePrecariousLedge the skinny ledge]] and can't can’t make himself go any further.



* BetterThanNew / CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:After he gets killed by Agent Smith]], Neo [[spoiler:becomes [[TheChosenOne the One]] and]] gets much more powerful than before because of being beaten by the BigBad [[spoiler:which was prophesied earlier, in passing, by [[TheOmniscient the Oracle]] when she remarked: "...It looks like you're waiting for something [...] Your next life, maybe."]]

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* BetterThanNew / CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:After he gets killed by Agent Smith]], Neo [[spoiler:becomes [[TheChosenOne the One]] and]] gets much more powerful than before because of being beaten by the BigBad [[spoiler:which was prophesied earlier, in passing, by [[TheOmniscient the Oracle]] when she remarked: "...It “…It looks like you're you’re waiting for something [...] […] Your next life, maybe."]]”]]



* BlindSeer: Invoked, then subverted when Neo visits the Oracle. When he and Morpheus get out of the car, the next scene shows a blind [[WizardBeard old man with a stereotypical wise-man beard]] sitting on a bench and holding a cane. The obvious conclusion is that this man is the Oracle. But he's just a guy sitting on a bench. However...the ''blind'' man nods to Morpheus as he and Neo pass by. Not so blind as we thought; he was likely a lookout for the Oracle.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Mentioned by Cypher by name, though not seen, when he tells Neo he's been watching the MatrixRainingCode so long he can see what the code represents but not the code itself.
* BloodFromTheMouth:
** As Neo is coming back to reality from the jump program, he wipes a bit of blood from his mouth. This leads to the reveal that a person's mind perceives injury in the Matrix and makes it happen in the real world.

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* BlindSeer: Invoked, then subverted when Neo visits the Oracle. When he and Morpheus get out of the car, the next scene shows a blind [[WizardBeard old man with a stereotypical wise-man beard]] sitting on a bench and holding a cane. The obvious conclusion is that this man is the Oracle. But he's he’s just a guy sitting on a bench. However...However … the ''blind'' man nods to Morpheus as he and Neo pass by. Not so blind as we thought; he was likely a lookout for the Oracle.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Mentioned by Cypher by name, though not seen, when he tells Neo he's he’s been watching the MatrixRainingCode so long he can see what the code represents but not the code itself.
* BloodFromTheMouth:
BloodFromTheMouth:
** As Neo is coming back to reality from the jump Jump program, he wipes a bit of blood from his mouth. This leads to the reveal that a person's person’s mind perceives injury in the Matrix and makes it happen in the real world. world.



* BodyHorror: Along with having Neo's mouth [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace sealed shut]] as an intimidation tactic, Smith "bugs" Neo with an insectoid machine that burrows into Neo's belly through his navel.
* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he stops to [[EvilGloating indulge in chit-chat]] about Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up and electrocute him from behind.
* {{Bookends}}:
** The Heart o' the City Hotel, room 303, in which both the first and (almost) last scenes of the movie take place.
** The trace program that opens the movie, and the last scene of the movie. The first time around, it completes, and reveals Trinity's location to the Agents. The second time, Neo uses his powers as The One to freeze it before it can make any progress.

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* BodyHorror: Along with having Neo's Neo’s mouth [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace sealed shut]] as an intimidation tactic, Smith "bugs" “bugs” Neo with an insectoid machine that burrows into Neo's Neo’s belly through his navel.
* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he stops to [[EvilGloating indulge in chit-chat]] chitchat]] about Neo's Neo’s TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up and electrocute him from behind.
behind.
* {{Bookends}}:
BookEnds:
** The Heart o' o’ the City Hotel, room 303, in which both the first and (almost) last penultimate scenes of the movie take place.
** The trace Trace program that opens the movie, and the last scene of the movie. The first time around, it completes, and reveals Trinity's Trinity’s location to the Agents. The second time, Neo uses his powers as The One to freeze it before it can make any progress.



** Averted. Neo and Agent Smith exchange fire at each other in the subway station and wind up [[CountingBullets with their guns at each other's heads]], only to ''point out to each other'' that they're both out of bullets. It's interesting how both of their weapons lock empty at the same time, since Neo is using a Beretta 92FS pistol, whose magazine has a fifteen-round capacity, and Smith, a Desert Eagle pistol that holds only seven rounds.
** Neo and Trinity also run out of ammunition and [[ThrowAwayGuns discard their empty weapons]] during the security checkpoint battle. Of course, they brought "lots of guns," and don't mind taking their opponents' weapons. And any case where people fire more rounds than they should be able to with the gun they are using can be easily handwaved because the Matrix programming can create infinite ammo.

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** Averted. Neo and Agent Smith exchange fire at each other in the subway station and wind up [[CountingBullets with their guns at each other's other’s heads]], only to ''point out to each other'' that they're they’re both out of bullets. It's It’s interesting how both of their weapons lock empty at the same time, since Neo is using a Beretta 92FS pistol, whose magazine has a fifteen-round capacity, and Smith, a Desert Eagle pistol that holds only seven rounds.
** Neo and Trinity also run out of ammunition and [[ThrowAwayGuns discard their empty weapons]] during the security checkpoint battle. Of course, they brought "lots “lots of guns," guns,” and don't don’t mind taking their opponents' opponents’ weapons. And any case where people fire more rounds than they should be able to with the gun they are using can be easily handwaved because the Matrix programming can create infinite ammo.



* BrickJoke: Early in the movie, Choi makes a brief comment about mescaline to Neo, saying: "It's the only way to fly!" [[ContinuityNod The last shot of the movie]] shows Neo getting up and flying for the first time.
* BulletDodgesYou: At the end of the movie, Neo is able to stop the gunfire of three agents by holding up his hand and making the bullets freeze in the air.
* BulletTime: The TropeCodifier, although it's used fairly sparingly in the film itself.
* CallToAdventure: Neo ''literally'' receives a cell phone call to adventure from Morpheus, starting Neo's fight against the Machines (whether he wanted to or not).

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* BrickJoke: Early in the movie, Choi makes a brief comment about mescaline to Neo, saying: "It's “It’s the only way to fly!" fly!” [[ContinuityNod The last shot of the movie]] shows Neo getting up and flying for the first time.
* BulletDodgesYou: At the end of the movie, Neo is able to can stop the gunfire of three agents Agents by holding up his hand and making the bullets freeze in the air.
* BulletTime: The TropeCodifier, although it's it’s used fairly sparingly in the film itself.
* CallToAdventure: Neo ''literally'' receives a cell phone call to adventure from Morpheus, starting Neo's Neo’s fight against the Machines [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive (whether he wanted to or not).]]



* ChainedToARailway: Sort of; Smith puts Neo in a wrestling hold in front of an oncoming subway train. Neo breaks the hold and jumps clear, leaving Smith to be hit by the train instead.
* TheChooserOfTheOne: The Oracle can tell who is or isn't The One.

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* ChainedToARailway: Sort of; of: Smith puts Neo in a wrestling hold in front of an oncoming subway train. Neo breaks the hold and jumps clear, leaving Smith to be hit by the train instead.
* TheChooserOfTheOne: The Oracle can tell who is or isn't isn’t The One.



* ClickHello: A number of times, of which Trinity's "[[VerbThis Dodge this]]!" is probably the most memorable.
* ClusterFBomb: While the original script had a lot more swearing, most uses of "fuck" that weren't dropped were replaced with "shit" for the final film.
* ConfiscatedPhone: Neo steals a guy's cell phone. The guy complains, and Agent Smith steals his body.

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* ClickHello: A number of few times, of which Trinity's "[[VerbThis Dodge this]]!" Trinity’s [[VerbThis “Dodge this!”]] is probably the most memorable.
* ClusterFBomb: While the original script had a lot more swearing, most uses of "fuck" “fuck” that weren't weren’t dropped were replaced with "shit" “shit” for the final film.
* ConfiscatedPhone: Neo steals a guy's guy’s cell phone. The guy complains, and Agent Smith steals his body.



-->'''Agent Smith''': You're ''empty''.\\

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-->'''Agent Smith''': You're You’re ''empty''.\\



** First she saves him by throwing a knife at a mook who snuck up from behind him with a gun.
** Shortly after she performs her the famous DodgeThis on one of the Agents who is about to shoot Neo from close range.
* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler: If you think the dystopian virtual world controlled by machines is a bit of a shitty deal, just wait till you see the ''real world'' ruled by machines. A GreyGoo scenario is adverted but nanomachines have nevertheless blackened the skies. There's nothing left. This is the primary reason why Cypher turns on his comrades and the Zion human rebellion, wishing he had never chosen the red pill from Morpheus.]]
* CreatorCameo: Creator/TheWachowskis are the window cleaners in the scene where Thomas Anderson is being chewed out by his boss.
* CreepyTwins: A subtle version in the Agent Training Program. If you watch it and you're certain that you saw the same extras walk by the camera twice, guess what, you're right: ''All of the extras are twins''. It suggests that Mouse wrote the program and after making half the crowd became lazy and copied them. The producers actually went around looking for basically every pair of twins they could find just for this one scene. Now were you looking for that, [[DistractedByTheSexy or were you looking at the woman in the red dress]]?
* CueTheFallingObject: After Neo and Trinity have a big gunfight with the guards to rescue Morpheus, they casually enter the elevator. The camera then shows the extent of the damage to the lobby, and one of the pillars' marble collapses onto the floor. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, [[ThrowItIn but was left since it seemed appropriate]].
* DarkestHour: The sentinels have cut open the hull of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and are about to invade the ship. The crew hears the noises approaching, and the [[DespairEventHorizon look of utter hopelessness]] on the faces of Morpheus and Tank tell us that they don't even care. The only hope is with Neo who, in this very moment, [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies is shot dead]]]] inside the Matrix. All hope is lost. Trinity, however, brings Neo back with ThePowerOfLove.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The main characters [[WomanInWhite sans Switch]] are wearing black outfits while in the Matrix.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Neo's eyes hurt when used for the first time after exiting the matrix.
* DeathActivatedSuperpower: [[spoiler:How Neo becomes the One.]]
* DeathIsCheap: If an Agent is killed, he can simply [[BodySurf overwrite a new person]] inside the Matrix. At the end of the subway fight, Smith knocks Neo into the path of an oncoming train, then jumps down to hold him in place, knowing that the collision wouldn't affect him at all.

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** First First, she saves him by throwing a knife at a mook who snuck up from behind him with a gun.
** Shortly after after, she performs her the famous DodgeThis [[VerbThis “Dodge this”]] on one of the Agents who is about to shoot Neo from close range.
* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you think the dystopian virtual world controlled by machines is a bit of a shitty raw deal, just wait till you see the ''real world'' ruled by machines. A GreyGoo scenario is adverted averted but nanomachines have nevertheless blackened the skies. There's There’s nothing left. This is the primary reason why Cypher turns on his comrades and the Zion human rebellion, wishing he had never chosen the red pill from Morpheus.]]
* CreatorCameo: Creator/TheWachowskis are the window cleaners in the scene where Thomas Anderson Anderson’s boss is being chewed out by his boss.
chewing him out.
* CreepyTwins: A subtle version in the Agent Training Program. If you watch it and you're you’re certain that you saw the same extras walk by the camera twice, guess what, you're you’re right: ''All of the extras are twins''. twins.'' It suggests that Mouse wrote the program and after making half the crowd became lazy and copied them. The producers actually went around looking for basically every pair of twins they could find just for this one scene. Now were you looking for that, [[DistractedByTheSexy or were you looking at the woman in the red dress]]?
dress?]]
* CueTheFallingObject: After Neo and Trinity have a big gunfight with the guards to rescue Morpheus, they casually enter the elevator. The camera then shows the extent of the damage to the lobby, and one of the pillars' pillars’ marble collapses onto the floor. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, [[ThrowItIn but was left since it seemed appropriate]].
* DarkestHour: The sentinels Sentinels have cut open the hull of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and are about to invade the ship. The crew hears the noises approaching, and the [[DespairEventHorizon look of utter hopelessness]] on the faces of Morpheus and Tank tell us that they don't don’t even care. The only hope is with Neo who, in this very moment, [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies is shot dead]]]] inside the Matrix. All hope is lost. Trinity, however, brings Neo back with ThePowerOfLove.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The main characters [[WomanInWhite sans save Switch]] are wearing black outfits while in the Matrix.
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Neo's Neo’s eyes hurt when used for the first time after exiting the matrix.
Matrix.
* DeathActivatedSuperpower: [[spoiler:How Neo becomes the One.]]
]]
* DeathIsCheap: If an Agent is killed, he can simply [[BodySurf overwrite a new person]] inside the Matrix. At the end of the subway fight, Smith knocks Neo into the path of an oncoming train, then jumps down to hold him in place, knowing that the collision wouldn't wouldn’t affect him at all.



** A variation: Trinity spends the first minutes of the movie trying to reach a phone booth, and when she finally reaches it and pick up the phone, a truck demolishes the phone booth. Fortunately, since the landline was her exit, Trinity is not injured.
** This also happens right before Neo and Smith's subway fight, as Smith tries to shoot her before she can leave the Matrix. Once again, she manages to escape JustInTime.

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** A variation: Trinity spends the first minutes of the movie trying to reach a phone booth, and when she finally reaches it and pick up the phone, a truck demolishes the phone booth. Fortunately, since she departed via the landline was her exit, landline, Trinity is not injured.
** This also happens right before Neo and Smith's Smith’s subway fight, as Smith tries to shoot her before she can leave the Matrix. Once again, she manages to escape JustInTime.



* DistractedByTheSexy: The iconic "Woman in the Red Dress" moment in the Agent Training Program. Morpheus and Neo are walking in what looks like a crowded part of the Matrix while Morpheus is instructing him that they can't trust anyone still plugged into the system, because there are some people so reliant on the Matrix that they will resist any attempted liberation. Neo is distracted by a gorgeous blond woman in a red dress who strolls by and smiles at him; when Morpheus asks if he was paying attention and Neo looks back at her, she's turned into Agent Smith about to shoot him. Morpheus freezes the program, revealing that this is just another training program, and points out the message: ''[[ParanoiaFuel Agents can override any bluepill without warning]]''.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything'': Those familiar with {{Buddhism}} and {{Gnosticism}} will find similarities in the plot with the idea of the world we see being an illusion that blinds us to the true reality. Neo is also similar to Buddha or Christ with this context.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: The iconic "Woman “Woman in the Red Dress" Dress” moment in the Agent Training Program. Morpheus and Neo are walking in what looks like a crowded part of the Matrix while Morpheus is instructing him that they can't can’t trust anyone still plugged into the system, because there are some people so reliant on the Matrix that they will resist any attempted liberation. Neo is distracted by a gorgeous blond woman in a red dress who strolls by and smiles at him; when Morpheus asks if he was paying attention and Neo looks back at her, she's she’s turned into Agent Smith about to shoot him. Morpheus freezes the program, revealing that this is just another training program, and points out the message: ''[[ParanoiaFuel Agents can override any bluepill without warning]]''.
warning]].''
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything'': DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Those familiar with {{Buddhism}} UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and {{Gnosticism}} UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} will find similarities in the plot with the idea of the world we see being an illusion that blinds us to the true reality. Neo is also similar to like Buddha or Christ with this context.



'''The Man formerly known as Thomas Anderson''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My name...]] '''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner IS NEO!]]'''

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'''The Man formerly known as Thomas Anderson''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My name...]] '''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner IS NEO!]]'''name…]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner is Neo!]]''



-->'''Morpheus''': [''takes out a pill box and empties the contents into his hands''] This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill [''opens his right hand, revealing a translucent blue pill''], the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill [''opens his left hand, revealing a similar red pill''], you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. [''Neo reaches for the red pill''] Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more.
* DramaticChaseOpening: The opening chase of Trinity by the agents.

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-->'''Morpheus''': [''takes [''Takes out a pill box and empties the contents into his hands''] This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill [''opens [''Opens his right left hand, revealing a translucent blue pill''], the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill [''opens [''Opens his left right hand, revealing a similar red pill''], you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. [''Neo reaches for the red pill''] Remember: all I'm I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.
* DramaticChaseOpening: The opening chase of Trinity by the agents.Agents.



* TheDreaded: The Agents are seen as the ultimate enemy, with good reason. Morpheus' lesson to Neo in the "woman in the red dress" program makes this clear:
-->'''Morpheus''': I won't lie to you, Neo. Every man or woman who has stood their ground, ''everyone'' who has fought an Agent has died. [...] We've survived by hiding from them, by running from them. But they are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors, they are holding all the keys, which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.
* DreamWithinADream: Twice. First when Neo meets Trinity at the club only to wake up and find that he's late for work, and then again when the Agents bug him ([[BodyHorror literally]]) and he [[CatapultNightmare wakes up again]].

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* TheDreaded: The Agents are seen as the ultimate enemy, with good reason. Morpheus' Morpheus’ lesson to Neo in the "woman “woman in the red dress" dress” program makes this clear:
-->'''Morpheus''': I won't won’t lie to you, Neo. Every man or woman who has stood their ground, ''everyone'' who has fought an Agent has died. [...] We've […] We’ve survived by hiding from them, by running from them. But they are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors, they are holding all the keys, which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.
* DreamWithinADream: Twice. First when Neo meets Trinity at the club only to wake up and find that he's he’s late for work, and then again when the Agents bug him ([[BodyHorror literally]]) [[BodyHorror (literally)]] and he [[CatapultNightmare wakes up again]].



* DrivingQuestion: "What is the Matrix?" It's answered shortly thereafter, but then it's replaced by "What is real? How do you define real?"
* DrunkenBoxing: Subverted; it's one of the many fighting styles uploaded into Neo's head during his training on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', but he never uses it.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Mouse]]. Even though he's trapped with no way out due to AGlitchInTheMatrix and is bound to be killed by S.W.A.T. forces, he still chooses to go out with GunsAkimbo and blazing.
* EasterEgg: At the end of all the credits, the URL for the (now defunct) website of the film is given, www.whatisthematrix.com, along with a password, 'steak'. There's a 'secret' link on the page that requests a password.
* EatTheCamera: While Morpheus and his crew are searching for Neo's body in the real world, Neo touches a mirror. The mirror spreads over him like quicksilver and flows down his throat with the camera following. The scene changes, the audio sounds like it glitches out, and Neo wakes up in his real body.

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* DrivingQuestion: "What “What is the Matrix?" It's Matrix?” It’s answered shortly thereafter, but then it's it’s replaced by "What “What is real? How do you define real?"
real?”
* DrunkenBoxing: Subverted; it's it’s one of the many fighting styles uploaded into Neo's Neo’s head during his training on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', but he never uses it.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Mouse]]. [[spoiler:Mouse.]] Even though he's he’s trapped with no way out due to AGlitchInTheMatrix and is bound to be killed by S.W.A.T. forces, he still chooses to go out with GunsAkimbo and blazing.
* EasterEgg: At the end of all the credits, the URL for the (now defunct) website of the film is given, www.whatisthematrix.com, along with a password, 'steak'. There's ‘steak’. There’s a 'secret' ‘secret’ link on the page that requests a password.
* EatTheCamera: While Morpheus and his crew are searching for Neo's Neo’s body in the real world, Neo touches a mirror. The mirror spreads over him like quicksilver and flows down his throat with the camera following. The scene changes, the audio sounds like it glitches out, and Neo wakes up in his real body.



* EyeAwaken: Close-up on Neo's face as he opens his eye after been brought back to life by Trinity's TrueLovesKiss.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Cypher, tired of the hardships of life in the real world and ''really'' tired of having to serve under Morpheus, informs the Agents that Neo is who they're going to try to free from the Matrix, and later arranges for the Agents to capture Morpheus.]]
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Neo enters the lobby of the place where Morpheus is captured, the scene starts with a slow motion shot of his boots coming through the revolving door.
* {{Flatline}}:
** Flatline beeping from Mouse's lifesign monitor as he dies.

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* EyeAwaken: Close-up on Neo's Neo’s face as he opens his eye after been brought back to life by Trinity's Trinity’s TrueLovesKiss.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Cypher, tired of the hardships of life in the real world and ''really'' tired of having to serve under Morpheus, informs the Agents that Neo is who they're they’re going to try to free from the Matrix, and later arranges for the Agents to capture Morpheus.]]
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Neo enters the lobby of the place where Morpheus is captured, the scene starts with a slow motion slow-motion shot of his boots coming through the revolving door.
* {{Flatline}}:
{{Flatline}}:
** Flatline beeping from Mouse's Mouse’s lifesign monitor as [[spoiler:as he dies.dies]].



* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: Slightly averted as Neo flies ''by'' the camera before it goes black.

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* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: Slightly Just averted as Neo flies ''by'' the camera before it goes black.



** Neo is told to "Follow the white rabbit." as a metaphor for waking from the Matrix. Immediately after that the doorbell rings and outside is a woman with a white rabbit tattoo. This is a reference to the trope but not an instance of it.
** On the first movie's DVD, you can choose to see the film in "White Rabbit Mode." In this version, a white rabbit symbol appears on the screen during certain scenes and if you click it, you can see brief behind-the-scenes footage of the making of that particular scene.

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** Neo is told to "Follow “Follow the white rabbit." rabbit” as a metaphor for waking from the Matrix. Immediately after that the doorbell rings and outside is a woman with a white rabbit tattoo. This is a reference to the trope but not an instance of it.
** On the first movie's movie’s DVD, you can choose to see the film in "White “White Rabbit Mode." In this version, a white rabbit symbol appears on the screen during certain scenes and if you click it, you can see brief behind-the-scenes footage of the making of that particular scene.



** At the very beginning of the movie, we hear the voices of Trinity and Cypher talking over the phone, while in the foreground we see the logs of a tracing program initiating, Trinity then says "Are you sure this line is safe?" and Cypher replies "Of course I'm sure." Cypher, without identifying him as Neo, says to Trinity, "We're gonna kill him, you know that, don't you?" A little bit later an Agent says "The informant is real." All these foreshadow [[spoiler:Cypher being TheMole]].

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** At the very beginning of the movie, we hear the voices of Trinity and Cypher talking over the phone, while in the foreground we see the logs of a tracing program initiating, Trinity then says "Are says, “Are you sure this line is safe?" safe?” and Cypher replies "Of replies, “Of course I'm I’m sure." Cypher, without identifying him as Neo, says to Trinity, "We're “We’re gonna kill him, you know that, don't you?" don’t you?” A little bit later short time later, an Agent says "The says, “The informant is real." All these foreshadow [[spoiler:Cypher being TheMole]].



** Neo's conversations with Choi and Mr. Rinehart, especially the latter.

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** Neo's Neo’s conversations with Choi and and, especially, Mr. Rinehart, especially the latter.Rinehart.



** Morpheus's warning to Neo that some people are so dependent on the Matrix that they will resist liberation from it. [[spoiler:Then Cypher chooses to turn on his allies and return to it]].
** Pretty much everything in the Oracle's talk with Neo, but three lines in particular: "Your next life, perhaps," "One of you is going to die," and "Take a cookie. I promise by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain." The first two are directly connected to Neo finally becoming the One in the hotel during the fight with the Agents; the third implies insertion of the "prime program" the Architect references in ''Reloaded'', as his powers start awakening after he eats the cookie.
** During Neo's training he asks Morpheus: "What are you saying, that I can dodge bullets?" Morpheus responds, "No, Neo. What I am saying is that when you are ready, you won't have to." At the end, [[spoiler:Neo becomes the One and stops bullets with a mere gesture]].

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** Morpheus's warning to Morpheus warns Neo that some people are so dependent on the Matrix that they will resist liberation from it. [[spoiler:Then Cypher chooses to turn on his allies and return to it]].
it.]]
** Pretty much everything in the Oracle's Oracle’s talk with Neo, but three lines in particular: "Your “Your next life, perhaps," "One perhaps,” “One of you is going to die," die,” and "Take “Take a cookie. I promise by the time you're you’re done eating it, you'll you’ll feel right as rain." The first two are directly connected to Neo finally becoming the One in the hotel during the fight with the Agents; the third implies insertion of the "prime program" “Prime Program” the Architect references in ''Reloaded'', ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', as his powers start awakening after he eats the cookie.
** During Neo's training Neo’s training, he asks Morpheus: "What “What are you saying, that I can dodge bullets?" bullets?” Morpheus responds, "No, “No, Neo. What I am saying is that when you are ready, you won't won’t have to." At the end, [[spoiler:Neo becomes the One and stops bullets with a mere gesture]].



* GargleBlaster: Dozer's homemade hooch. In Cypher's words, it's good for "degreasing engines and killing brain cells."
* GatlingGood: Neo's helicopter rescue of Morpheus involves him shooting up the entire room (including the Agents) with a door-mounted minigun. [[BloodlessCarnage That the Agents aren't reduced to chunky salsa isn't mentioned.]]
* GenreSavvy; During The Oracle's first conversation with Neo:
-->'''Oracle''': Well, now I'm supposed to say "Hmm... That's interesting."
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: TropeNamer. An experience of DejaVu means that something within the Matrix has been altered. In this case, that the windows of their building have all been filled in with bricks.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Morpheus suggests that adults who are freed from the Matrix have an exceptionally hard time adjusting, which is why they don't normally free people after they reach a certain age. Cypher's comment to Trinity in the opening scene ("We're gonna kill him. You understand that?") and the "He's gonna pop!" when Neo's reeling from the reveals in the first Construct sequence tie into this.
* GoodVersusGood: Unfortunately, one of the downer points about the mission. Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and others frequently kill/injure law enforcement agents, who are simply not aware that they are part of the Matrix. Morpheus gives their stone-cold philosophy on the subject early on: everyone they are trying to save is plugged into the system,[[note]]For instance, they could at any moment be possessed by an Agent, and Agents can actually see and hear what they see and hear.[[/note]] and "that makes them our enemy."
** In Trinity's opening sequence, she is cornered by about six police officers in a seedy abandoned hotel room, and proceeds to kill all of them in short order.
** They are also [[MoralDissonance extremely ruthless about it]]; they don't so much ''fight'' security guards and cops as ''massacre'' them, particularly in the Hallway scene. Here is how Neo and Trinity get past the lobby guards: Neo slams his palm into the chest of one, then draws a pair of H&K MP5K submachine guns and kills all the other guards. The one he knocked down calls for backup and tries to shoot Trinity, only for her to kill him with an Uzi.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Any time you see the first movie heavily edited for language on TV.

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* GargleBlaster: Dozer's Dozer’s homemade hooch. In Cypher's words, it's Cypher says of it, “It’s good for "degreasing two things: degreasing engines and killing brain cells."

* GatlingGood: Neo's Neo’s helicopter rescue of Morpheus involves him shooting up the entire room (including the Agents) with a door-mounted minigun. [[BloodlessCarnage That the Agents aren't aren’t reduced to chunky salsa isn't isn’t mentioned.]]
* GenreSavvy; During The Oracle's Oracle’s first conversation with Neo:
-->'''Oracle''': Well, now I'm I’m supposed to say "Hmm... That's “Hmm… That’s interesting."

* AGlitchInTheMatrix: TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}. An experience of DejaVu means that something within the Matrix has been altered. In this case, that the windows of their building have all been filled in with bricks.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Morpheus suggests that adults who are freed from the Matrix have an exceptionally hard time adjusting, which is why they don't don’t normally free people after they reach a certain age. Cypher's Cypher’s comment to Trinity in the opening scene ("We're (“We’re gonna kill him. You understand that?") that?”) and the "He's “He’s gonna pop!" pop!” when Neo's Neo’s reeling from the reveals in the first Construct sequence tie into this.
* GoodVersusGood: Unfortunately, one of the downer points about the mission. Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and others frequently kill/injure kill and injure law enforcement agents, Agents, who are simply not aware that they are part of the Matrix. Morpheus gives their stone-cold philosophy on the subject early on: everyone they are trying to save is plugged into the system,[[note]]For instance, they could at any moment be possessed by an Agent, and Agents can actually see and hear what they see and hear.[[/note]] and "that “that makes them our enemy."

** In Trinity's Trinity’s opening sequence, she is cornered by about six police officers in a seedy abandoned hotel room, and proceeds to kill all of them in short order.
** They are also [[MoralDissonance extremely ruthless about it]]; they don't so much don’t ''fight'' security guards and cops so much as ''massacre'' them, particularly in the Hallway scene. Here is how Neo and Trinity get past the lobby guards: Neo slams his palm into the chest of one, then draws a pair of H&K MP5K submachine guns and kills all the other guards. The one he knocked down calls for backup and tries to shoot Trinity, only for her to kill him with an Uzi.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Any time you see the first movie it heavily edited for language on commercial TV.



'''Security Guard''': [''Neo pulls guns out from under trenchcoat''] "Holy smokes!" or "Holy Shmucks!"\\
'''Neo''': [''the bug gets sucked out of Neo's stomach''] Jeepers creepers, that thing is real?!\\

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'''Security Guard''': [''Neo pulls guns out from under trenchcoat''] "Holy smokes!" “Holy smokes!” or "Holy Shmucks!"\\
“Holy Shmucks!”\\
'''Neo''': [''the [''The bug gets sucked out of Neo's Neo’s stomach''] Jeepers creepers, that thing is real?!\\



'''Mouse''': Music/JudasPriest, he's fast!\\
'''Tank''': Believe it or not, you piece of slime, you're still gonna burn!
* GravityIsOnlyATheory: Gravity is not real because the world is not real. At the end of the movie, Neo gives the tyrant overlords the proverbial finger by flying in broad daylight, showing mankind that gravity is not all it's cracked up to be.
* GreenAesop: Not really the point of the trilogy as a whole, but Agent Smith's monologue to Morpheus definitely has hints of this, likening humans to a virus in how they enter an area and multiply until all the natural resources are expended whereas he believes lesser mammals do not.

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'''Mouse''': Music/JudasPriest, he's he’s fast!\\
'''Tank''': Believe it or not, you piece of slime, you're you’re still gonna burn!
* GravityIsOnlyATheory: Gravity is not real because the world is not real. At the end of the movie, Neo gives the tyrant overlords the proverbial finger by flying in broad daylight, showing mankind that gravity is not all it's it’s cracked up to be.
* GreenAesop: Not really the point of the trilogy as a whole, trilogy, but Agent Smith's Smith’s monologue to Morpheus definitely has hints of this, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech likening humans to a virus in how they enter an area and multiply until all the natural resources are expended whereas he believes lesser mammals do not.not]].



* GunshipRescue: Neo and Trinity rescue Morpheus in a helicopter, complete with a [[GatlingGood minigun]]. Somehow he manages to take out the Agents without hitting Morpheus.

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* GunshipRescue: Neo and Trinity rescue Morpheus in a helicopter, complete with a [[GatlingGood minigun]]. Somehow Somehow, he manages to take takes out the Agents without hitting Morpheus.



** Neo's room before he leaves the Matrix.

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** Neo's Neo’s room before he leaves the Matrix.



* HallwayFight: The FinalBattle between Neo and Agent Smith takes place in a building's hallway inside the matrix.

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* HallwayFight: The FinalBattle between Neo and Agent Smith takes place in a building's building’s hallway inside the matrix.Matrix.



** As the Agents and police are entering the hotel where Trinity is, Smith makes a "come with me" gesture to the patrolman standing guard.
** As the Agents and some police approach Neo's cubicle, Agent Smith gives a hand sign to the police to move down another path.
** As Morpheus and the others are climbing down the shaft inside the wetwall during the DejaVu shootout, Morpheus gives a "keep moving down" signal to the rest of the team.

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** As the Agents and police are entering the hotel where Trinity is, Smith makes a "come “come with me" me” gesture to the patrolman standing guard.
** As the Agents and some police approach Neo's Neo’s cubicle, Agent Smith gives a hand sign to the police to move down another path.
** As Morpheus and the others are climbing down the shaft inside the wetwall during the DejaVu shootout, Morpheus gives a "keep “keep moving down" down” signal to the rest of the team.



* HellBentForLeather: The main casts' costumes when in the Matrix.

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* HellBentForLeather: The main casts' casts’ costumes when in the Matrix.



* HesDeadJim: After Neo has apparently been shot to death, Agent Smith tells another Agent to "Check him." The other Agent puts a finger to Neo's neck (apparently checking his pulse), then immediately says "He's gone."

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* HesDeadJim: After Neo has apparently been shot to death, Agent Smith tells another Agent to "Check “Check him." The other Agent puts a finger to Neo's Neo’s neck (apparently checking his pulse), then immediately says "He's “He’s gone."



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The same lightning rifle used by Cypher to kill Dozer and wound Tank is the same one used by Tank to kill him.]]
* {{Hologram}}: The bridge of the Nebuchadnezzar (and presumably the other hoverships) has a holographic display that shows other objects (like Sentinels).
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Exact words used by Morpheus when explaining to Neo why he had to pull him out of the Matrix.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he's rich and popular and forgets everything about his life in Morpheus's crew.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The same [[spoiler: Cypher kills Dozer and wounds Tank with a lightning rifle used by Cypher to kill Dozer rifle, and wound Tank is the same one used by Tank then uses it to kill him.]]
* {{Hologram}}: The bridge of the Nebuchadnezzar ''Nebuchadnezzar'' (and presumably the other Zion hoverships) has a holographic display that shows other objects (like Sentinels).
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Exact words used by Morpheus when explaining to Neo why he had to pull him out of the Matrix.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he's rich and popular and forgets everything about his life in Morpheus's crew.]]
Matrix.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: None of the mooks and security guards in the lobby manage to hit Neo or Trinity with their automatic guns.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Neo fires a minigun from the helicopter and hits everything besides Morpheus. Justified, as he starts bending the rules of the matrix and becomes the One.
* IntimidationDemonstration: When Morpheus shows Neo the sparring program, he explains: "What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken. Understand? Then hit me, if you can." Cue Neo and then Morpheus both waving their hands around in the air and assuming theatrical pre-fight poses.
* JurisdictionFriction: In the opening, Agents Smith, Brown, and Jones drive up to the Heart o' the City Hotel where they've dispatched the police to capture Trinity. The conversation between Agent Smith and the senior uniformed cop on the scene suggests that in the simulated world of the Matrix, bluepills see the Agents as the equivalent of the FBI:
-->'''Agent Smith''': [''getting out of the car''] Lieutenant.\\
'''Lieutenant''': [''under his breath''] Oh, shit.\\

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* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he’s rich and popular and forgets everything about his life in Morpheus’ crew.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: None of the mooks and {{mooks}} or security guards in the lobby manage to can hit Neo or Trinity with their automatic guns.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Neo fires a minigun from the helicopter and hits everything besides Morpheus. Justified, as he starts bending the rules of the matrix Matrix and becomes the One.
* IntimidationDemonstration: When Morpheus shows Neo the sparring program, he explains: "What “What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken. Understand? Then hit me, if you can." Cue Neo and then Morpheus both waving their hands around in the air and assuming theatrical pre-fight poses.
* JurisdictionFriction: In the opening, Agents Smith, Brown, and Jones drive up to the Heart o' o’ the City Hotel where they've they’ve dispatched the police to capture Trinity. The conversation between Agent Smith and the senior uniformed cop on the scene suggests that in the simulated world of the Matrix, bluepills see the Agents as the equivalent of the FBI:
-->'''Agent Smith''': [''getting [''Getting out of the car''] Lieutenant.\\
'''Lieutenant''': [''under [''Under his breath''] Oh, shit.\\



'''Lieutenant''': Hey, I'm just doing my job. If you give me that "juris-my-dick-tion" crap, you can cram it up your ass.\\

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'''Lieutenant''': Hey, I'm I’m just doing my job. If you give me that "juris-my-dick-tion" “juris-my-dick-tion” crap, you can cram it up your ass.\\



'''Lieutenant''': [''chuckles bitterly''] I think we can handle ''one'' little girl. [''Agent Smith ignores him and starts walking towards the building.''] I sent two units! They're bringing her down now.\\

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'''Lieutenant''': [''chuckles [''Chuckles bitterly''] I think we can handle ''one'' little girl. [''Agent Smith ignores him and starts walking towards the building.''] I sent two units! They're They’re bringing her down now.\\



* KubrickStare: After Neo [[spoiler:destroys Agent Smith in the finale]], he gives one of these to Agent Smith's two accomplices, which is enough for them to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately leave]].

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* KubrickStare: After Neo [[spoiler:destroys Agent Smith in the finale]], he gives one of these to Agent Smith's Smith’s two accomplices, which is enough for them to make them [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately leave]].



* LibertyOverProsperity: Everyone who lives outside of the Matrix has basically chosen this. [[spoiler:[[TheCorruptible Cypher]], however, has [[FaceHeelTurn second thoughts]].]] Of course, since the Matrix is a representation of the world as it was in 1999, not everyone has prosperity there anyway. Agent Smith states an utopia was once attempted, but no one would accept the programming, with it [[LotusEaterMachine being seen as a dream]] they "kept "trying to wake up from" and "entire crops were lost."
* LikeAGodToMe: A DownplayedTrope example, where a guy calls Neo "My own personal Jesus Christ" more out of politeness than awe. Also a very subtle form of {{foreshadowing}}, as that's [[MessianicArchetype what Neo ends up becoming]].

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* LibertyOverProsperity: Everyone who lives outside of the Matrix has basically chosen this. [[spoiler:[[TheCorruptible Cypher]], however, has [[FaceHeelTurn second thoughts]].]] Of course, since the Matrix is a representation of the world as it was in 1999, not everyone has prosperity there anyway. Agent Smith states an utopia was once attempted, but no one would accept the programming, with it [[LotusEaterMachine being seen as a dream]] they "kept "trying “kept trying to wake up from" from” and "entire “entire crops were lost."

* LikeAGodToMe: A DownplayedTrope example, where a guy calls Neo "My “My own personal Jesus Christ" Christ” more out of politeness than awe. Also a very subtle form of {{foreshadowing}}, as that's that’s [[MessianicArchetype what Neo ends up becoming]].



-->'''Agent Smith''': It seems that you've been living two lives. In one life, you're Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you...help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias "Neo" and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. [[{{Foreshadowing}} One of these lives has a future... and one of them does not.]]
* LocalReference: The Wachowskis are from Chicago, and drop several references to it. Namely, every street is named after a Chicago street, and there is a photo of the Chicago skyline as it was in 1999 on the wall of Mr. Rinehart's office.

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-->'''Agent Smith''': It seems that you've you’ve been living two lives. In one life, you're you’re Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you...you … help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias "Neo" “Neo” and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. [[{{Foreshadowing}} One of these lives has a future... future … and one of them does not.]]
* LocalReference: The Wachowskis are from Chicago, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, and drop several references to it. Namely, every street is named after a Chicago street, and there is a photo of the Chicago skyline as it was in 1999 on the wall of Mr. Rinehart's Rinehart’s office.



* LongingForFictionland: [[spoiler:Cypher]] is so tired of real life and its hardships that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he is aware that the Matrix is unreal, [[spoiler:Cypher]] prefers it to real life. Because after nine years, what has he learned? Ignorance is bliss.
* MagicCountdown: During the climax of the movie, the sentinels start cutting into the interior of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and it looks like only seconds are left for the crew. But then Trinity starts giving her ThePowerOfLove speech to Neo during which the sentinels don't progress because TalkingIsAFreeAction. Then Neo has his HeroicSecondWind and overpowers Agent Smith in the Matrix, all while the sentinels still don't seem to make any progress on the Nebuchadnezzar. Only by the time Neo is finally able to get out of the Matrix, do the sentinels charge the crew, but the EMP disables them JustInTime.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Neo's DullSurprise reaction when being shot in the guts by Agent Smith during the climax. It's implied to be shock and disbelief from being taken by surprise, given that he reacts appropriately when Smith proceeds to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill empty the rest of his clip]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath into Neo]].
* MessianicArchetype: Neo, the prophesied savior known as "the One" bears a close resemblance to UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. He came before, but was prophesied to come again, and resurrects close to the end. On the other hand, he's far more violent than the Christian depiction, but perhaps would be closer to Jewish views of the Messiah as a warrior king. Morpheus may also resemble John the Baptist, Trinity Mary Magdalene, and the Oracle the various prophets who are believed to have foretold Christ.
* MexicanStandoff: Subverted. Agent Smith and Neo have guns pointed at each others' heads in the subway, then it's revealed that [[CountingBullets both of them ran out of bullets at the same time]].
* MilitaryMoonshiner: Dozer distills liquor. Word of Cypher is that it's good for just two things: Degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
* MindRape: Implied to happen to Morpheus as the Agents attempt to "hack" his brain for the access codes to enter Zion.
* MissingMissionControl: The away team is rendered helpless against [[spoiler:Cypher who has incapacitated the MissionControl crew and starts killing off the team members one by one]].

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* LongingForFictionland: [[spoiler:Cypher]] is so tired of real life and its hardships that he willingly asks the Agents to be re-imprisoned ensconced back in the Matrix as a rich celebrity. Despite the fact he is aware that the Matrix is unreal, [[spoiler:Cypher]] prefers it to real life. Because after nine years, what has he learned? Ignorance is bliss.
* MagicCountdown: During the climax of the movie, the sentinels Sentinels start cutting into the interior of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' and it looks like only seconds are left for the crew. But then Trinity starts giving her ThePowerOfLove speech to Neo during which the sentinels don't Sentinels don’t progress because TalkingIsAFreeAction. Then Neo has his HeroicSecondWind and overpowers Agent Smith in the Matrix, all while the sentinels Sentinels still don't seem to make any little appreciable progress on the Nebuchadnezzar. Only by the time Neo is finally able to get out of the Matrix, do the sentinels Sentinels charge the crew, but the EMP disables them JustInTime.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Neo's Neo’s DullSurprise reaction when being shot in the guts gut by Agent Smith during the climax. It's It’s implied to be shock and disbelief from being taken by surprise, given that he reacts appropriately when Smith proceeds to [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill empty the rest of his clip]] [[MultipleGunshotDeath into Neo]].
* MessianicArchetype: Neo, the prophesied savior known as "the One" “the One” bears a close resemblance to UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. He came before, but was prophesied to come again, and resurrects close to the end. On the other hand, he's he’s far more violent than the Christian depiction, but perhaps would be closer to Jewish views of the Messiah as a warrior king. Morpheus may also resemble John the Baptist, Trinity Mary Magdalene, and the Oracle the various prophets who are believed to have foretold Christ.
Christ.
* MexicanStandoff: Subverted. Agent Smith and Neo have guns pointed at each others' others’ heads in the subway, then it's it’s revealed that [[CountingBullets they both of them ran out of bullets at the same time]].
* MilitaryMoonshiner: Dozer distills liquor. Word of Cypher is that it's it’s good for just two things: Degreasing engines and killing brain cells.
* MindRape: Implied to happen to Morpheus as the Agents attempt try to "hack" “hack” his brain for the access codes to enter Zion.
* MissingMissionControl: The away team is rendered helpless against [[spoiler:Cypher [[spoiler:Cypher, who has incapacitated the MissionControl crew and starts killing off the team members one by one]].



** During the Agent Training Program scene, Neo is continually bumping into people as he and Morpheus walk through a crowded city street. Conveniently, the crowd parts for Morpheus, but that's because he's done this simulation many times before and knows each person's programmed walking path.
** Later, Neo is forced to do this while running through crowds of people in the streets while escaping from the three Agents near the end of the movie. The Agents tend to just throw people out of their way...or shoot them...or simply [[BodySurf change places with them]].

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** During the Agent Training Program scene, Neo is continually bumping into people as he and Morpheus walk through a crowded city street. Conveniently, the crowd parts for Morpheus, but that's that’s because he's he’s done this simulation many times before and knows each person's person’s programmed walking path.
** Later, Neo is forced to do this while running through crowds of people in the streets while escaping from the three Agents near the end of the movie. The Agents tend simply to just throw people out of their way...way, or shoot them...them, or simply [[BodySurf change places with them]].



-->'''Tank''': So, what do you need? Besides a miracle.\\

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-->'''Tank''': So, what do you need? [[DeadpanSnarker Besides a miracle.\\]]\\



* MotivationalLie: The Oracle uses this, telling Neo that he's not the One and that Morpheus will sacrifice himself for Neo because he thinks Neo is the One. Neo can't live with that, so he saves Morpheus, proving that he is in fact the One and awakening his powers along the way. Morpheus says that the Oracle told Neo "what he needed to hear." She later confirms this in ''Reloaded''.

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* MotivationalLie: The Oracle uses this, telling Neo that he's he’s not the One and that Morpheus will sacrifice himself for Neo because he thinks Neo is the One. Neo can't can’t live with that, so he saves Morpheus, proving that he is in fact the One and awakening his powers along the way. Morpheus says that the Oracle told Neo "what he “exactly what [he] needed to hear." She later confirms this in ''Reloaded''.



* NeverendingTerror: Morpheus unplugs Neo from the Matrix, where he was living in a VirtualReality simulation of RealLife. He teaches Neo the truth about the Matrix, including the nature of their foe, the evil ArtificialIntelligence machines. Neo has a mental collapse and falls unconscious. When he wakes up, he asks Morpheus "I can't go back, can I." In fact, fatigue with the unending, terrifying RobotWar is what prompts [[spoiler:Cypher to betray the group on the slim hope of being able to go back.]]
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Agent Smith believes this to be the reason behind the failure of the "paradise" Matrix that preceded the current one. He rationalizes that humans define themselves through misery and suffering, and thus paradise was a dream they couldn't accept as reality. [[spoiler:The actual reason is that, to accept the Matrix, humans need to believe they have a choice in the matter, even if they aren't really aware of it.]]
* NoSell: Throughout the film, the Agents are all but immune to anything that the rebels try against them due to their programming; Neo's evolution to the One begins when he manages to land a telling blow on Smith for the first time. Later, he learns to NoSell the Agents' attacks on him, until the upgraded Smith comes along.
* NotInKansasAnymore: Just before the red pill taken by Neo kicks in, Cypher says, as LaymansTerms to summarize what Morpheus was saying, "Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye!"
* NotQuiteDead: When [[spoiler:[[TheMole Cypher]]]] shoots [[spoiler:Tank]] and [[spoiler:Dozer]], it's assumed that he killed them both. However, [[spoiler:Tank regains consciousness and has enough energy to kill Cypher.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Along with his fatigue with the hardships of life outside the Matrix, this is part of what ultimately leads [[spoiler:Cypher]] to betray LaResistance. As he explains at length, while Zion and the rebels have freed him from the tyranny of the Machines' simulated world, the Zion military themselves are not above using lies of omission and forced conscription in order to draft more soldiers, and all he is able to do as a member of the military is what he is ordered to do; he is ultimately no more free under the rebellion than he was under the machines.
* ObfuscatedInterface: The MatrixRainingCode provides any information required for the plot without the burden of a conventional user interface: Less danger of the UI becoming dated being or be too hard for the audience to follow. It is there to be visually evocative -- the audience gets their information from the characters talking about it. When the déjà vu shootout is about to go down, however, we cut back to Tank's workstation and the raining code starts flashing ominously.

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* NeverendingTerror: Morpheus unplugs Neo from the Matrix, where he was living in a VirtualReality simulation of RealLife. He teaches Neo the truth about the Matrix, including the nature of their foe, the evil ArtificialIntelligence machines. Neo has a mental collapse and falls unconscious. When he wakes up, he asks Morpheus "I can't “I can’t go back, can I." I?” In fact, fatigue with the unending, terrifying RobotWar is what prompts [[spoiler:Cypher to betray the group on the slim hope of being able to go back.]]
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Agent Smith believes this to be the reason behind the failure of the "paradise" “paradise” Matrix that preceded the current one. He rationalizes that humans define themselves through misery and suffering, and thus paradise was a dream they couldn't couldn’t accept as reality. [[spoiler:The actual true reason is that, to accept the Matrix, humans need to believe they have a choice in the matter, even if they aren't really aware of it.don’t realize it fully.]]
* NoSell: Throughout the film, the Agents are all but immune to anything that the rebels try against them due to their programming; Neo's Neo’s evolution to the One begins when he manages to land a telling blow on Smith for the first time. Later, he learns to NoSell the Agents' Agents’ attacks on him, until the upgraded Smith comes along.
* NotInKansasAnymore: Just before the red pill taken by Neo kicks in, Cypher says, as LaymansTerms to summarize what Morpheus was saying, "Buckle “Buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye!"
bye-bye!”
* NotQuiteDead: When [[spoiler:[[TheMole Cypher]]]] shoots [[spoiler:Tank]] and [[spoiler:Dozer]], it's it’s assumed that he killed them both. However, [[spoiler:Tank regains consciousness and has enough energy to kill Cypher.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Along with his fatigue with the hardships of life outside the Matrix, this is part of what ultimately leads [[spoiler:Cypher]] to betray LaResistance. As he explains at length, while Zion and the rebels have freed him from the tyranny of the Machines' Machines’ simulated world, the Zion military themselves are not above using lies of omission and forced conscription in order to draft more soldiers, and all he is able to do as a member of the military is what he is ordered to do; he is ultimately no more free freer under the rebellion than he was under the machines.
Machines.
* ObfuscatedInterface: The MatrixRainingCode provides any information required for the plot without the burden of a conventional user interface: Less danger of the UI becoming dated being or be too hard for the audience to follow. It is there to be visually evocative -- the audience gets their information from the characters talking about it. When the déjà vu shootout is about to go down, however, we cut back to Tank's Tank’s workstation and the raining code starts flashing ominously.



** The "déjà vu" sequence -- and what the heroes discover has been altered in The Matrix -- causes several for the entire team: Neo's "Huh, déjà vu" immediately stops the team dead in their tracks in fear, Tank's "Oh my God" when he realizes [[spoiler:their exits have blocked by newly-created brick walls]], and [[spoiler:Mouse and Tank have a "Oh no" when they both realize Mouse is trapped in the safe house with a full police force about to barge in]].

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** The "déjà vu" “déjà vu” sequence -- and what the heroes discover has been altered in The the Matrix -- causes several for the entire team: Neo's "Huh, Neo’s “Huh, déjà vu" vu” immediately stops the team dead in their tracks in fear, Tank's "Oh Tank’s “Oh my God" God” when he realizes [[spoiler:their exits have blocked by newly-created brick walls]], and [[spoiler:Mouse and Tank have a "Oh no" an “Oh no” when they both realize Mouse is trapped in the safe house with a full police force about to barge in]].



--->'''Neo''' [''ducking back down after spotting them'']: OH SHIT!\\
'''Morpheus''': ''Yes''.
** The security guard who sees all the guns Neo has under his coat yells out "HOLY SHIT!" before the carnage ensues.
** Cypher answers the phone, and not Tank or Dozer. Trinity, horrified, realizes [[spoiler:he's caused theirs and Mouse's death along with Morpheus' capture. Apoc and Switch can only react with an "Oh God!" as they know they are completely vulnerable and about to be murdered via an abrupt disconnection.]]

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--->'''Neo''' [''ducking --->‘‘‘Neo''' [''Ducking back down after spotting them'']: OH SHIT!\\
'''Morpheus''': ''Yes''.
''Yes.''
** The security guard who sees all the guns Neo has under his coat yells out "HOLY SHIT!" “HOLY SHIT!” before the carnage ensues.
** Cypher answers the phone, and not Tank or Dozer. Trinity, horrified, realizes [[spoiler:he's [[spoiler:he’s caused theirs and Mouse's Mouse’s death along with Morpheus' Morpheus’ capture. Apoc and Switch can only react with an "Oh God!" “Oh God!” as they know they are completely vulnerable and about to be murdered via an abrupt disconnection.]]



* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: "No one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Belinda [=McClory=]'s UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n accent starts to come through in the scene right before her character, Switch, dies (the part where she says "Not like this!")
* OracularUrchin: The androgynous monk child ("Spoon Boy" according to the script) who claims that "There is no spoon."
* OrificeInvasion: The "bug" Smith implants in Neo enters through his navel.
* TheOutsideWorld: There are a number of different "Outsides" to escape to.
** The first level of the Outside is escaping the Matrix itself and getting to the real world. However, the real world is a prison, more specifically [[spoiler:a human body farm in which the people are living batteries]].
** The next "Outside" is getting from the power plant to the colony called Zion.
** Outside of Zion is the rest of the world, [[spoiler:which is totally dark and inhabited by robots. So the True Outside World is a depressing CrapsackWorld]].
* PassThePopcorn: The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar rush to the monitors to watch Morpheus training Neo in Matrix-style martial arts.

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* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: "No “No one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."

* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Belinda [=McClory=]'s [=McClory=]’s UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n accent starts to come through in the scene right before her character, Switch, dies (the part where she says "Not “Not like this!")
this!”)
* OracularUrchin: The androgynous monk child ("Spoon Boy" (“Spoon Boy” according to the script) who claims that "There “There is no spoon."

* OrificeInvasion: The "bug" “bug” Smith implants in Neo enters through his navel.
** OrificeEvacuation: The bug departs Neo the same way when Trinity, Switch, and Apoc pick him up.
* TheOutsideWorld: There are a number of ''three'' different "Outsides" “Outsides” to escape to.
which an enterprising human could escape.
** The first level of the Outside is escaping the Matrix itself and getting to the real world. However, the real world is a prison, more specifically [[spoiler:a human body farm in which wherein the people are living batteries]].
** The next "Outside" “Outside” is getting from the power plant to the colony called Zion.
** Outside of Zion is the rest of the world, [[spoiler:which is totally dark and inhabited by robots. So So, the True Outside World is a depressing CrapsackWorld]].
* PassThePopcorn: The crew of the Nebuchadnezzar ''Nebuchadnezzar'' rush to the monitors to watch Morpheus training Neo in Matrix-style Matrix martial arts.



* PlatonicCave: The Matrix. It is later on subverted by Cypher, by claiming that 'reality' is merely a subjective-relative state post empirical evidence, which drops down on one's perspective and ideals. Thus, the Matrix can very much be the real world.

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* PlatonicCave: The Matrix. It is later on subverted by Cypher, Later, Cypher subverts this by claiming that 'reality' ‘reality’ is merely a subjective-relative state post empirical evidence, which drops down on one's one’s perspective and ideals. Thus, the Matrix can very much be the real world.



* PlummetPerspective: Neo's cellphone when he drops it while trying to walk the [[ThePrecariousLedge ledge of his office building]].
* PovertyFood: The crew is being served ''economical'' grey mush which is not very satisfying. It's one of the reasons why [[spoiler:Cypher]] commits a FaceHeelTurn, so he could once again get to taste delicious food, if only as an illusion inside the Matrix.
* ThePowerOfLove: Neo's transformation into The One is sparked by Trinity telling his mostly-dead body that she loves him. The sensation of her kiss on his lips convinces him he may not be as dead as he thinks he is. [[spoiler:Then again, it could be the Prime Program activating and fully awakening Neo's powers]].

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* PlummetPerspective: Neo's Neo’s cellphone when he drops it while trying to walk the [[ThePrecariousLedge ledge of his office building]].
* PovertyFood: The crew is being served ''economical'' ‘economical’ grey mush which is not very satisfying. It's It’s one of the reasons reason why [[spoiler:Cypher]] commits a FaceHeelTurn, so he could once again get to taste delicious food, if only as an illusion inside the Matrix.
* ThePowerOfLove: Neo's Neo’s transformation into The One is sparked by Trinity telling his mostly-dead body that she loves him. The sensation of her kiss on his lips convinces him he may not be as dead as he thinks he is. [[spoiler:Then again, it could be the Prime Program activating and fully awakening Neo's powers]].Neo’s powers.]]



* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Agent Smith to Neo before charging him in the subway: "I'm going to enjoy watching you die."
* PrecisionFStrike: The one security guard who says "[[OhCrap Holy shit!]]" in reaction to Neo revealing the arsenal he's carrying under his coat.
* PreExplosionGlow: After Neo dives into him, this happens to Agent Smith just before he's blown apart.
* PrefersTheIllusion: Cypher [[FaceHeelTurn sides with the machines]] because he prefers the Matrix to the AfterTheEnd reality of Earth.
--> '''Cypher:''' You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [Takes a bite of steak] Ignorance is bliss.
* PrematureEmpowerment: Morpheus feeds Neo a line about how nobody can ''explain'' the Matrix -- but doesn't exactly try very hard before [[RedPillBluePill giving Neo the choice of which pill to take]]. (Later, Cypher complains about Morpheus having done this when recruiting him, citing it as one of the reasons for his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]].)
** Justified, as trying to do this when you're in the Matrix itself is one of those things that the Machines' search programs tend to pick up on (which generally means the Agents will be after you -- and before Neo became the One, [[ImplacableMan you did NOT want to mess with the Agents]]). Besides, any explanation of the reality (or lack thereof) of the Matrix is a lot more believable once the person in question is actually ''out'' of the Matrix.
*** Not to mention that it seems like most of the blue-pills had already picked up on something wrong with the Matrix.

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* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Agent Smith to Neo before charging him in the subway: "I'm [[TheSadist “I’m going to enjoy watching you die."
die, Mr. Anderson.”]]
* PrecisionFStrike: The one security guard who says "[[OhCrap Holy shit!]]" [[OhCrap “Holy shit!”]] in reaction to Neo revealing the arsenal he's he’s carrying under his coat.
* PreExplosionGlow: After Neo dives into him, this happens to Agent Smith just before he's he’s blown apart.
* PrefersTheIllusion: Cypher [[spoiler:Cypher]] [[FaceHeelTurn sides with the machines]] Machines]] because he prefers the Matrix to the AfterTheEnd reality of Earth.
--> '''Cypher:''' —>[[spoiler:'''Cypher''']]: You know, I know this steak doesn't doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [Takes [''Takes a bite of steak] steak''] Ignorance is bliss.
bliss.
* PrematureEmpowerment: Morpheus feeds Neo a line about how nobody can ''explain'' ‘explain’ the Matrix -- but doesn't exactly doesn’t try very hard before [[RedPillBluePill giving Neo the choice of which pill to take]]. (Later, Cypher complains about Morpheus having done this when recruiting him, citing it as one of the reasons for his [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]].)
** Justified, as trying to do this when you're you’re in the Matrix itself is one of those things that the Machines' Machines’ search programs tend to pick up on (which generally means the Agents will be after you -- and before Neo became the One, [[ImplacableMan you did NOT want to mess with the Agents]]). Besides, any explanation of the reality (or lack thereof) of the Matrix is a lot more believable once the person in question is actually ''out'' of the Matrix.
*** Not to mention that it seems like most of the blue-pills bluepills had already picked up on something wrong with the Matrix.



* PreMortemOneLiner: Besides the famous "Dodge this" example, there's also another one; before frying Cypher, Tank says: "Believe it or not, you piece of shit, you're still gonna burn!"
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: The mook who got the "[[BoomHeadshot Dodge this!]]" treatment by Trinity on the rooftop, is subsequently seen to sport nothing more than a little red entry wound on his forehead.
* ProphecyTwist: The Oracle tells Neo that he is not the One, he has to decide that either he or Morpheus will die and he seems to be waiting for another life. While this discourages Neo at first, technically all of this comes true: when Neo makes a choice to go into the matrix to save Morpheus, he starts to bend rules of the matrix [[spoiler: but is not yet the One. He is gunned down by Smith (= he is killed instead of Morpheus) but resurrects himself (= waiting for another life) to finally be the One (= the prophecy for Morpheus that the One will return).]]
* ProsceniumReveal: The entire Agent Training Program scene is written this way. We see Neo and Morpheus apparently walking down a street inside the Matrix. After Morpheus asks Neo if he was listening [[DistractedByTheSexy or looking at the woman in the red dress]], he tells Neo to look again. The woman has instantly turned into Agent Smith, who draws his pistol on Neo. When Neo ducks, Morpheus says "Freeze it," and everything on the screen freezes where it is (except for Neo and Morpheus), revealing that we are inside a training simulator.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Neo goes into the lobby to rescue Morpheus and goes to kill unarmed security guards. As Morpheus explains every single human who has not yet been freed could change into an Agent. So they've been trained to kill on sight to make sure they won't have to deal with Agents.
* QuestionableConsent: As Cypher [[VillainHasAPoint specifically complains]], the whole "red pill vs. blue pill" choice was dishonest. Only the Matrix was explained in full, not the "real world," and many, like him, would reject it had they known.
* RedPillBluePill: Matrix is the TropeNamer and uses the trope literally:

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* PreMortemOneLiner: Besides the famous "Dodge this" “Dodge this” example, there's there’s also another one; one: before frying Cypher, Tank says: "Believe “Believe it or not, you piece of shit, you're you’re still gonna burn!"
burn!”
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: The mook {{Mook|s}} who got the "[[BoomHeadshot Dodge this!]]" [[BoomHeadshot “Dodge this!”]] treatment by Trinity on the rooftop, is subsequently seen to sport nothing more than a little red entry wound on his forehead.
* ProphecyTwist: The Oracle tells Neo that he is not the One, he has to must decide that either he or Morpheus will die die, and he seems to be waiting for another life. While this discourages Neo at first, technically all of this comes true: when Neo makes a choice to go into the matrix to save Morpheus, he starts to bend rules of the matrix [[spoiler: but Matrix [[spoiler:but is not yet the One. He is gunned down by Smith (= (i.e., he is killed instead of Morpheus) but resurrects himself (= waiting (waiting for another life) thence to finally be become the One (= the (the prophecy for Morpheus that the One will return).]]
* ProsceniumReveal: The entire Agent Training Program scene is written this way. We see Neo and Morpheus apparently walking down a street inside the Matrix. After Morpheus asks Neo if whether he was listening [[DistractedByTheSexy or looking at the woman in the red dress]], he tells Neo to look again. The woman has instantly turned into Agent Smith, who draws his pistol on Neo. When Neo ducks, Morpheus says "Freeze it," “Freeze it,” and everything on the screen freezes where it is (except for Neo and Morpheus), revealing that we are inside a training simulator.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Neo goes into the lobby to rescue Morpheus and goes to kill unarmed security guards. As Morpheus explains explains, every single human who has not yet been freed could change into become an Agent. So they've they’ve been trained to kill on sight to make sure they won't won’t have to deal with Agents.
* QuestionableConsent: As Cypher [[VillainHasAPoint specifically complains]], the whole "red “red pill vs. blue pill" pill” choice was dishonest. Only the Matrix was explained in full, not the "real world," “real world,” and many, like him, would reject it had they known.
* RedPillBluePill: Matrix ''The Matrix'' is the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} and uses the trope literally:



** Implied with the rest of the Nebuchadnezzar crew that are not born in the free world. Trinity confirms to Neo that she went through the process herself, the same goes with Cypher.
** Averted with Tank and Dozer. They never had a choice because they were born in the free world, however they act as if they had taken the red pill.
* RedshirtArmy: [[spoiler:Just about the entire crew of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' besides Neo and a few others. As individuals they are MauveShirt[=s=]. Their leader, Morpheus, does not even notice they died and no one thinks to tell him.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: When Neo is standing out on the ledge of his workplace, he has been told he has to walk across to the ledge to a scaffold. Dropping a cell phone, he decides he can't make it and goes back in, accepting arrest by the police.
* ResidualSelfImage: A person's avatar within the Matrix is generated by a combination of will and programming parameters established by the Matrix. This appearance can be markedly different from the "outer" self.
-->'''Morpheus''': [''speaking to Neo in the Construct''] [...] Your clothes are different; the plugs in your arms and head are gone. Your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call 'residual self image'. It is the mental projection of your digital self.

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** Implied with the rest of the Nebuchadnezzar ''Nebuchadnezzar'' crew that are not born in the free world. Trinity confirms to Neo that she went through the process herself, the same goes with Cypher.
** Averted with Tank Dozer and Dozer.Tank. They never had a choice because they were born in the free world, however they act as if they had taken the red pill.
* RedshirtArmy: [[spoiler:Just about the entire crew of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' besides Neo and a few others. As individuals individuals, they are MauveShirt[=s=]. Their leader, Morpheus, does not even notice they died and no one thinks to tell him.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: When Neo is standing out on the ledge of his workplace, he has been told he has to must walk across to the ledge to a scaffold. Dropping a cell phone, he decides he can't can’t make it and goes back in, accepting arrest by the police.
* ResidualSelfImage: A person's person’s avatar within the Matrix is generated by a combination of will and programming parameters established by the Matrix. This appearance can be markedly different from the "outer" ‘outer’ self.
-->'''Morpheus''': [''speaking —>‘‘‘Morpheus’‘‘: [''Speaking to Neo in the Construct''] [...] […] Your clothes are different; the plugs in your arms and head are gone. Your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call 'residual self image'. [[TropeNamers “residual self-image.”]] It is the mental projection of your digital self.



* RevivalLoophole: According to the Oracle, Neo has the potential to be the One, but he's waiting for something, maybe "his next life." At the end of the movie...

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* RevivalLoophole: According to the Oracle, Neo has the potential to be the One, but he's he’s waiting for something, maybe "his “his next life." At the end of the movie...movie …



* {{Roofhopping}}: There's a ChaseScene that involves Trinity leaping between buildings to escape the Agents, and their pursuit. Part way through, the whole thing is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when a cop, seeing an Agent jump an unbelievable distance following Trinity, says, "That's impossible!" This is also the first hint we get that the action is not, in fact, taking place in the real world.
* RooftopConfrontation: Two -- the Agent chasing Trinity across several rooftops in the opening sequence, and the confrontation between Neo and another Agent featuring the BulletTime gunfire dodges each does.

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* {{Roofhopping}}: There's There’s a ChaseScene that involves Trinity leaping between buildings to escape the Agents, and their pursuit. Part way through, the whole thing is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when a cop, seeing an Agent jump an unbelievable distance following Trinity, says, "That's impossible!" “That’s impossible!” This is also the our first hint we get that the action is not, in fact, taking place in the real world.
* RooftopConfrontation: Two -- Two: the Agent chasing Trinity across several rooftops in the opening sequence, and the confrontation between Neo and another Agent featuring the BulletTime gunfire dodges each does.



** When Neo falls in the Jump Program. When he hits the pavement, it collapses under him, bounces him up in the air and becomes solid again.
** When the helicopter slams into the building, the building ripples as though it were made of gelatin.
* RunOrDie: The strategy for dealing with Agents. Morpheus tells Neo that he can eventually be able to fight the Agents rather than fleeing; Cypher flat out tells him to run away.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Apoc, Switch, Dozer, and Mouse]] who all die in about a five minute span.
* SamusIsAGirl: Trinity, from Neo's perspective. Because as we all know... ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet.

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** When Neo falls in the Jump Program. When he hits the pavement, it collapses under him, bounces him up in the air air, and becomes solid again.
in time for his second landing.
** When the helicopter slams into the building, the building ripples as though it were if made of gelatin.
* RunOrDie: The strategy for dealing with Agents. Morpheus tells Neo that he can eventually be become able to fight the Agents rather than fleeing; Cypher flat out tells him to run away.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Apoc, Switch, Dozer, and Mouse]] who all die in within about a five minute span.
minutes.
* SamusIsAGirl: Trinity, from Neo's Neo’s perspective. Because as we all know... know … ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet.



** When Neo is alone in his room on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' for the first time. Reaching back to the back of his head, we first see the plug on the base of Neo's skull as the scare chord plays.

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** When Neo is alone in his room on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' for the first time. Reaching back to the back of his head, we first see the plug on the base of Neo's Neo’s skull as the scare chord plays.



* ScreamingWarrior: Morpheus, when he [[spoiler:busts out of the wall to fight an Agent so that Neo can escape]], and again when he [[spoiler:breaks his handcuffs so that Neo can rescue him]].

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* ScreamingWarrior: Morpheus, when he [[spoiler:busts out of the wall to fight an Agent so that Neo can escape]], and again when he [[spoiler:breaks his handcuffs so that Neo can rescue him]].



* ShooOutTheClowns: The first team member to bite the dust is [[spoiler:Mouse]].

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* ShooOutTheClowns: The first team member to bite the dust die is [[spoiler:Mouse]].



* SneezeOfDoom: During [[spoiler:the crawl through the walls in the big escape scene]], Cypher gets some dust knocked in his face and lets go of one of these, alerting the police to their location. [[spoiler:[[TheMole It's possible this was deliberate.]]]]
* SpentShellsShower: Two places:

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* SneezeOfDoom: During [[spoiler:the crawl through the walls in the big escape scene]], Cypher gets some dust knocked in his face and lets go of one of these, alerting the police to their location. [[spoiler:[[TheMole It's It’s possible this was deliberate.]]]]
* SpentShellsShower: Two places: places:



* StressVomit: While in virtual reality Neo learns that his entire previous life has been an illusion and most of the human race is enslaved by the machines. He can't accept this, and after returning to the real world he throws up on the deck of the hovership.
* SuicideMission: Neo and Trinity's plan to rescue Morpheus is considered one by Tank.
* SuperReflexes: In the Agent Training Program scene, Morpheus explains to Neo about why the Agents are TheDreaded, and how every single person who's ever attempted to fight one ended up dying. Then when Neo runs into Agent Brown on the helipad while attempting to rescue Morpheus, he (along with the audience) finds out exactly why Agents are so feared; Neo empties two pistols at one, only for the Agent to dodge each bullet, and appearing like a blur as he does so. [[spoiler:Neo then finds out he's also capable of moving the same way as well, though one bullet does graze his leg.]]
* TakeMyHand: Neo jumping off a chopper to get Morpheus. The shot where you see the two men diving for each other from below, arms outstretched, was called the "I Love You, Man" shot among the crew.
* TakeThat: Easy to miss. Cypher wants to be an actor who remembers nothing. Agent Smith calls him [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Mr. Reagan]]. If so, [[DudeNotFunny it could have a rather cruel joke]]; in 1994, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan disclosed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Though it could be a reference to Reagan's repeated assertions that he couldn't remember critical details of the Iran-Contra scandal.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: When Morpheus does a BarrierBustingBlow and jumps onto Agent Smith in the bathroom, the latter lies still for a couple if seconds during which Morpheus orders Trinity to get Neo out of danger.
* TeamShot: The crew of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' gets one when they take Neo to The Oracle, with the exception of Tank and Dozer, who can't jack in to the Matrix.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Cypher tells Trinity that Neo can't be The One, since it would take 'a miracle' to stop him from killing him right there. A few lines later, Tank hauls himself to his feet with a gun and kills Cypher before he can unplug Neo.]]

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* StressVomit: While in virtual reality Neo learns that his entire previous life has been an illusion and most of the human race humanity is enslaved by the machines. Machines. He can't can’t accept this, and after returning to the real world he throws up on the deck of the hovership.
* SuicideMission: Neo and Trinity's Trinity’s plan to rescue Morpheus is considered one by Tank.
* SuperReflexes: In the Agent Training Program scene, Morpheus explains to Neo about why the Agents are TheDreaded, and how every single person who's who’s ever attempted to fight one ended up dying. Then when Neo runs into Agent Brown on the helipad while attempting to rescue Morpheus, he (along with the audience) finds out exactly why Agents are so feared; Neo empties two pistols at one, only for the Agent to dodge each bullet, and appearing like a blur as he does so. [[spoiler:Neo then finds out he's he’s also capable of moving the same way as well, though one bullet does graze his leg.]]
* TakeMyHand: Neo jumping off a chopper to get Morpheus. The shot where you see the two men diving for each other from below, arms outstretched, was called the "I “I Love You, Man" Man” shot among the crew.
* TakeThat: Easy to miss. Cypher wants to be an actor who remembers nothing. Agent Smith calls him [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Mr. Reagan]]. If so, [[DudeNotFunny it could have a rather cruel joke]]; in 1994, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan disclosed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Alzheimer’s Disease. Though it could be a reference to Reagan's Reagan’s repeated assertions that he couldn't couldn’t remember critical details of the Iran-Contra scandal.
scandal.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: When Morpheus does a BarrierBustingBlow and jumps onto Agent Smith in the bathroom, the latter lies still for a couple if of seconds during which Morpheus orders Trinity to get Neo out of danger.
* TeamShot: The crew of the ''Nebuchadnezzar'' gets one when they take Neo to The Oracle, with the exception of except Tank and Dozer, who can't can’t jack in to into the Matrix.
Matrix because they were born outside.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Cypher tells Trinity that Neo can't can’t be The One, since it would take 'a miracle' ‘a miracle’ to stop him from killing him right there. A few lines later, Tank hauls himself to his feet with a gun and kills Cypher before he can unplug Neo.]]



* ThatManIsDead: "My name... is Neo!"

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* ThatManIsDead: "My name... “My name … is Neo!"Neo!”



-->'''The Oracle''': Now I'm supposed to say "Hmm, that's interesting, but..." and then you say...\\

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-->'''The Oracle''': Now I'm I’m supposed to say "Hmm, that's “Hmm, that’s interesting, but..." but…” and then you say...\\say…\\



'''The Oracle''': But you already know what I'm going to tell you.
* TiredOfRunning: Throughout the movie, Neo is repeatedly told that anyone who has fought an Agent has been killed, and that he should run away from them. He follows this trope (without actually saying anything) in the subway station when he decides to stop running from Smith, turning and fighting him instead. [[spoiler:He actually manages to defeat Smith, but defeating an Agent is meaningless as Smith simply body-hops to another person, so Neo ends up running away anyway]].

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'''The Oracle''': But you already know what I'm I’m going to tell you.
* TiredOfRunning: Throughout the movie, Neo is repeatedly told that anyone who has fought an Agent has been killed, and that he should run away from them. He follows this trope (without actually (albeit without saying anything) in the subway station when he decides to stop running from Smith, turning and fighting him instead. [[spoiler:He [[spoiler:In a double subversion, he actually manages to defeat defeats Smith, but defeating an Agent is meaningless as Smith simply body-hops to another person, so Neo ends up running away anyway]].anyway.]]



* TokenTrio: Done by happenstance, as actors/actresses of various races were considered for all three main parts.
* TrackingDevice: Neo is implanted with a tracking-bug, which is later removed by Trinity.

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* TokenTrio: Done by happenstance, as actors/actresses performers of various races were considered for all three main parts.
* TrackingDevice: Neo is implanted with a tracking-bug, tracking bug, which is Trinity later removed by Trinity.removes.



* TheTreacheryOfImages: "There is no spoon."

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* TheTreacheryOfImages: "There “There is no spoon."



** In the beginning of the movie, Trinity jumps across a roof to escape an Agent. The first time, he follows. The second time, she jumps into a window in the side of the building. He doesn't follow.
** Subverted when Morpheus gave Neo the ultimatum of either [[BalconyEscape escaping by jumping onto a window-washing platform]] or being captured by the Agents. Neo tries the first, but ends up choosing the second.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Switch and Trinity, the only two female members of the Matrix crew in the first film.

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** In the beginning of the movie, Trinity jumps across a roof to escape an Agent. The first time, he follows. The second time, she jumps into a window in the side of the building. He doesn't doesn’t follow.
** Subverted when Morpheus gave Neo the ultimatum of either [[BalconyEscape escaping by jumping onto a window-washing platform]] or being captured by the Agents. Neo tries the first, but ends up choosing the second.
second.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Switch and Trinity, the only two female members of the Matrix ''Nebuchadnezzar'' crew in the first film.



* UnfamiliarCeiling: When Neo awakes after been ejected from the Matrix, he looks up to see the unfamiliar faces of Trinity and Morpheus and asks if he is dead.

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* UnfamiliarCeiling: When Neo awakes after been ejected from the Matrix, he looks up to see the unfamiliar faces of Trinity and Morpheus and asks if he is dead. Morpheus replies, “Far from it.”



** The Agent training scenario ("Were you listening to me, Neo, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?"). Even Neo is fooled into thinking it was the real thing. The scenario is designed to always end with the trainee's death, because a human ''cannot'' beat an Agent. The only recourse when faced with one is to attempt escape, and even that is iffy at best.
** The jump program isn't designed to be this, but no-one ever makes their first jump (not even TheChosenOne).
* UseYourHead: Morpheus and Agent Smith do this to each other during their fight before Morpheus' capture.
* VerbThis: Trinity's famous PreMortemOneLiner, "Dodge this," to an Agent right before [[BoomHeadshot blowing his brains out at point-blank range]]. [[BodySurf He does dodge the bullet, just not in a natural way]], and the body he was using as a host was not so lucky.
* VillainHasAPoint: Cypher betrays and murders his comrades for a chance to get back inside the Matrix, making him clearly villainous. However, he claims one of his grievances with Morpheus is the admittedly shady way that Morpheus gains new recruits by piquing their interest with cryptic conversations and not telling them the truth about the real world being a bombed-out wasteland until after they've already made their decision.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Neo puking just before he passes out after TheReveal. This is a case of WrittenInInfirmity. During that take, Keanu was suffering food poisoning he got from eating some bad chicken. It caught up with him during the take that ended up in the film's final cut.
* WaitHere: When Neo decides to go in and rescue Morpheus on his own, Trinity demands to tag along.

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** The Agent training scenario ("Were (“Were you listening to me, Neo, or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?").dress?”). Even Neo is fooled into thinking it was the real thing. [[UnwinnableByDesign The scenario is designed to always to end with the trainee's death, trainee’s death]], because a human ''cannot'' beat an Agent. The only recourse when faced with one is to attempt escape, and even that is iffy at best.
which doesn’t always work.
** The jump Jump program isn't isn’t designed to be this, but no-one nobody ever makes their first jump (not even TheChosenOne).
* UseYourHead: Morpheus and Agent Smith do this to each other during their fight before Morpheus' Morpheus’ capture.
* VerbThis: Trinity's Trinity’s famous PreMortemOneLiner, "Dodge this," “Dodge this,” to an Agent right before [[BoomHeadshot blowing his brains out at point-blank range]]. [[BodySurf He does dodge the bullet, just not in a natural way]], and the body he was using as a host was not so lucky.
* VillainHasAPoint: Cypher betrays and murders his comrades for a chance to get back inside the Matrix, making him clearly villainous. However, he claims one of his grievances with Morpheus is the admittedly shady way that Morpheus gains new recruits by piquing their interest with cryptic conversations and not telling them the truth about the real world being a bombed-out wasteland until after they've already made their decision.
they’ve decided.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Neo puking just before he passes out after TheReveal. This is a case of WrittenInInfirmity. During that take, Keanu Creator/KeanuReeves was suffering food poisoning he got from eating some bad chicken. It caught up with him during the take that ended up in the film's film’s final cut.
* WaitHere: When Neo decides to go in and rescue Morpheus on his own, Trinity demands to tag along.along by pulling rank and invoking her longer-standing relationship with TheCaptain.



* WhamLine: Agent Smith in the opening scene: "No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead."

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* WhamLine: Agent Smith in the opening scene: "No, “No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead."



* WhiteBunny: Neo is told to follow the white rabbit which he does when noticing the customer girl's shoulder tattoo of a white rabbit.

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* WhiteBunny: Neo is told to follow the white rabbit which he does when noticing the customer girl's girl’s shoulder tattoo of a white rabbit.



-->'''Smith''': Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you're unable to speak?
* WireFu: The first film properly introduced this to Western audiences at large and led to more Hollywood movies utilising it.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The spoon child is definitely in that category.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Initially, Neo believes he is in a [[CyberPunk Cyber]]-{{Thriller}} set NextSundayAD and the MenInBlack who kidnap him are government agents who are hassling him about his computer hacking. [[spoiler: [[ItWasHisSled Of course, it turns out]] that this is not the case and he's actually living in a LotusEaterMachine in a CrapsackWorld in a distant future, after a ApocalypseHow/Class2 ApocalypseHow, and the world inside the machine is only CyberPunk because computers and telephones in the virtual world act as symbols of communication with the real world outside the Matrix.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: You are not meant to pass the Jump program first time. Much to Mouse's confusion. The entire point of the simulation is to show what you can eventually do, to open and free your mind from all doubt, and most poignantly, that ''if you die in the Matrix you die in the real world''.
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: Trinity has just brought Neo his dinner and Cypher decides to tease her about her obvious attraction to him.
-->'''Cypher''': I don't remember you ever bringing ''me'' dinner.
* YourMindMakesItReal: TropeNamer. When Neo discovers that he has a nosebleed after a fight simulation, Morpheus reveals that someone will die in the real world when they die in the Matrix, stating that "the body cannot live without the mind." [[spoiler:We see this firsthand when Mouse is violently gunned down in the Matrix and we see him spitting blood and then flatlining in the real world]].

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-->'''Smith''': Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you're you’re unable to speak?
''speak''?
* WireFu: The first film properly introduced this to Western audiences at large and led to more Hollywood movies utilising using it.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The spoon child is definitely in that category.
child, emphatically.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Initially, Neo believes he is in a [[CyberPunk Cyber]]-{{Thriller}} {{Cyber|Punk}}-{{Thriller}} set NextSundayAD and the MenInBlack TheMenInBlack who kidnap him are government agents who are hassling him about his computer hacking. [[spoiler: [[ItWasHisSled [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled Of course, it turns out]] that this is not the case and he's he’s actually living in a LotusEaterMachine in a CrapsackWorld in a distant future, after a ApocalypseHow/Class2 ApocalypseHow, and the world inside the machine is only CyberPunk because computers and telephones in the virtual world act as symbols of communication with the real world outside the Matrix.]]
* YouCantThwartStageOne: You are not meant to pass the Jump program first time. Much to Mouse's Mouse’s confusion. The entire point of the simulation is to show what you can eventually do, to open and free your mind from all doubt, and most poignantly, that ''if you die in the Matrix you die in the real world''.
world''.
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: One of Neo’s first nights on the ''Nebuchadnezzar'', Trinity has just brought Neo his dinner and Cypher decides to tease her about her obvious attraction to him.
-->'''Cypher''': I don't don’t remember you ever bringing ''me'' dinner.
* YourMindMakesItReal: TropeNamer. {{Trope Namer|s}}. When Neo discovers that he has a nosebleed after a fight simulation, Morpheus reveals that someone will die in the real world when they die in the Matrix, stating that "the “the body cannot live without the mind." [[spoiler:We see this firsthand when Mouse is violently gunned down in the Matrix and we see him spitting blood and then flatlining in the real world]].world.]]
18th May '17 6:01:45 PM Tuckerscreator
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* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he's rich and propular and forgets everything about his life in Mopheus' crew.]]

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* IgnoranceIsBliss: Said verbatim by [[spoiler:Cypher]], who believes that after many years, the freedom he was promised was a lie and who [[spoiler:makes a deal with the machines the become part of their program again, under the condition that he's rich and propular popular and forgets everything about his life in Mopheus' Morpheus's crew.]]
13th May '17 10:53:00 AM DrSlide
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** They are also [[MoralDissonance extremely ruthless about it]]; they don't so much ''fight'' security guards and cops as ''massacre'' them, particularly in the Hallway scene. Here is how Neo and Trinity get past the lobby guards: Neo gives the first guard a flying kick. He then uses twin H&K MP5K submachine guns to kill all but one of the remaining guards. One of them gets shot while reading a newspaper (which is torn in half by bullets). The one guard who survives this gunfire calls for backup, and then is shot dead by Trinity with a Uzi as he tries to raise his revolver.

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** They are also [[MoralDissonance extremely ruthless about it]]; they don't so much ''fight'' security guards and cops as ''massacre'' them, particularly in the Hallway scene. Here is how Neo and Trinity get past the lobby guards: Neo gives slams his palm into the first guard a flying kick. He chest of one, then uses twin draws a pair of H&K MP5K submachine guns to kill and kills all but one of the remaining other guards. One of them gets shot while reading a newspaper (which is torn in half by bullets). The one guard who survives this gunfire he knocked down calls for backup, backup and then is shot dead by Trinity with a Uzi as he tries to raise his revolver.shoot Trinity, only for her to kill him with an Uzi.
12th May '17 7:41:13 PM eroock
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* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he first indulges in chit-chat about Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up and electrocute him from behind.

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* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he first indulges stops to [[EvilGloating indulge in chit-chat chit-chat]] about Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up and electrocute him from behind.
12th May '17 6:56:48 PM Fireblood
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-->'''Agent Smith''': It seems that you've been living two lives. In one life, you're Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you...help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias "Neo" and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. [[{{Foreshadowing}} One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not.]]

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-->'''Agent Smith''': It seems that you've been living two lives. In one life, you're Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, you pay your taxes, and you...help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias "Neo" and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. [[{{Foreshadowing}} One of these lives has a future, future... and one of them does not.]]
12th May '17 6:55:15 PM Fireblood
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* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he first indulges into chit-chat about Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up on and electrocute him from behind.

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* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he first indulges into in chit-chat about Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up on and electrocute him from behind.
12th May '17 12:40:09 PM eroock
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* BondVillainStupidity: When [[spoiler:Cypher]] is about to pull the plug on Neo, he first indulges into chit-chat about Neo's TheChosenOne status, giving Tank time to sneak up on and electrocute him from behind.
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* PrefersTheIllusion: Cypher [[FaceHeelTurn sides with the machines]] because he prefers the Matrix to the AfterTheEnd reality of Earth.
--> '''Cypher:''' You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [Takes a bite of steak] Ignorance is bliss.
30th Mar '17 3:15:00 PM eroock
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* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Neo's eyes hurt when used for the first time.

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* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Neo's eyes hurt when used for the first time.time after exiting the matrix.
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