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'''This article is for the first film only. For tropes applied to the entire franchise, see ''Franchise/TheMatrix''.'''

->'''"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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* 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.
** 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.
* ActionPrologue: The opening chase scene, introducing Trinity as the ActionGirl.
* AliceAllusion:
** 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."
* AlmostKiss: After Neo saves Trinity from the crashing helicopter, he pulls her up the rope and both have a moment before Morpheus interrupts them.
* 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?"
* ArtisticLicenceBiology: Agent Smith claims that humans are not ordinary mammals because they do not instinctively seek out an equilibrium within the ecosystem. In fact, no species "instinctively" seeks an equilibrium with its environment -- most are just sufficiently evenly matched that one species is unlikely to have the kind of overwhelming negative impact on its ecosystem that humans can have. Humans function similarly to an invasive species, but on a much larger level. But invasive species can be animal, plant, or anything else. This may be just in-character bullshitting from Smith, however.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: [[spoiler:Cypher shoots his comrades and is about to pull the plug on Neo. But before he does, he demands that Trinity tell him if she truly believes that Neo is TheChosenOne. Trinity says yes. Cypher shouts "No, I don't believe it!" … because [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat one of the men he shot is still alive]] and pointing a very large gun at him.]]
-->'''Tank:''' Believe it or not, you piece of shit. You're still gonna burn! [''Fires'']
* 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. Morpheus tells Neo 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.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Morpheus.
* BarrierBustingBlow: When the heroes are trying to escape the Agents by climbing between the walls, Agent Smith punches through the wall and throttles Neo. Morpheus does the reverse to throw himself on top of Agent Smith to get him to release Neo.
* BeardOfEvil / BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler:Cypher and his pencil-thin goatee.]]
* BetterThanNew / CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:After Agent Smith kills him]], 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."]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Neo using [[GatlingGood a minigun]] from a helicopter to rescue Morpheus.
* BigNo: Dozer, [[spoiler:before Cypher kills him]].
* 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 returning 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.
** As [[spoiler:Mouse]] is being riddled with bullets in the Matrix, his body is shown jerking and twitching in his chair, then going limp with blood running from his mouth.
** Neo coughs up quite a lot of blood at one point during his fight with Agent Smith in the subway scene, with a corresponding spew in the real world, indicating just how badly Smith is hurting him.
* 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.
* BookEnds:
** 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.
* BottomlessMagazines:
** 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.
* BreakingTheBonds: During his rescue, Morpheus musters the last of his strength and breaks the handcuffs he was tied with.
* 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 can 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 [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive (whether he wanted to or not).]]
* TheCanKickedHim: Morpheus fights Agent Smith in a dilapidated bathroom. His bald dome is sent hurtling onto a toilet bowl, shattering it.
* CatScare: The [[AGlitchInTheMatrix déjà vu scene]] does this with an actual cat.
* CatapultNightmare: When Neo wakes up after the Agents implant the TrackingDevice in him, and possibly after he learns the truth about the Matrix.
* CatharticExhalation: The crew lets a collective release of breath out when the Sentinels back off.
* 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.
* AChildShallLeadThem: All the other potential Ones waiting for the Oracle to test them when Neo goes to see her are children. [[spoiler:Subverted as [[ItWasHisSled Neo, an adult, is the One]].]]]]
* TheChooserOfTheOne: The Oracle can tell who is or isn't The One.
* CityWithNoName: The city in the Matrix is not mentioned by name.[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual In at least one draft of the script]], it was explicitly stated to be Chicago.[[/note]]
* 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.
* ContemplativeBoss:
** Morpheus looks out of a window in a contemplative ReverseArmFold pose right before meeting Neo.
** Agent Smith oversees the City before interrogating Morpheus.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Trinity does this twice for Neo during the RooftopConfrontation:
** First, she saves him by throwing a knife at a mook who sneaked up from behind him with a gun.
** Shortly after, she performs her famous [[VerbThis "Dodge this"]] on an Agent who is about to shoot Neo at close range.
* CountingBullets: In the subway fight between Neo and Agent Smith, both note that the other has run out of bullets.
-->'''Agent Smith:''' You're ''empty''.\\
'''Neo:''' So are you.
* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler:If you think the dystopian virtual world controlled by machines is a raw deal, just wait until 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 retained 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 save 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.
* DejaVu: Neo experiences déjà vu after seeing the same cat go by twice. The rest of the cast go on alert, as déjà vu is a sign of a recent change made in the program, caused by AGlitchInTheMatrix.
* DisconnectedByDeath:
** 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, 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.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Neo]] is shot multiple times by Agent Smith and killed, but gets revived by a TrueLovesKiss from Trinity.
* 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 UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} and 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 like Buddha or Christ with this context.
* DoNotCallMePaul:
-->'''Agent Smith:''' Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.\\
'''The Man formerly known as Thomas Anderson:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My name…]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner is Neo!]]''
* DownTheRabbitHole: When Morpheus is offering to show Neo the Matrix:
-->'''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.
* DramaticChaseOpening: The opening chase of Trinity by the Agents.
* DramaticThunder: Used often enough to make this film a case of an AffectionateParody.
* 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.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Agent Smith at the subway station comes out from the shadow, after having overridden the body of a homeless man.
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* 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 Smith is interrogating Morpheus, the scene starts with a slow-motion shot of his boots coming through the revolving door.
* {{Flatline}}:
** Flatline beeping from Mouse's life-sign monitor [[spoiler:as he dies]].
** Happens with Neo during the FinalBattle before being revived by Trinity.
* FlippingTheBird: During the interrogation scene, Neo gives Agent Smith the finger and demands his OnePhoneCall.
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: Just averted as Neo flies ''by'' the camera before it goes black.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit:
** 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.
* ForbiddenZone: The Machine City, pretty much literally.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** 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]].
** Cypher commenting how Trinity likes to watch Neo, hinting on [[spoiler:her being in love with him]].
** 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.
** 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.]]
** Pretty much everything in the Oracle's talk with Neo, but three lines in particular: "Your next life, perhaps," "One of you [Neo or Morpheus] 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 cites 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]].
* FunnySpoon: Of which there ''is'' none.
* 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.]]
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: {{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 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]] which "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.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Any time you see it on TV heavily edited for language, HilarityEnsues.
-->'''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 natural resources are expended whereas he believes lesser mammals do not]].
* GunsAkimbo: Most of the cast, Neo most notably.
* GunshipRescue: Neo and Trinity rescue Morpheus in a helicopter, complete with a [[GatlingGood minigun]]. Somehow, he takes out the Agents without hitting Morpheus.
* HackerCave:
** Neo's room before he leaves the Matrix.
** The operator stations in the hovercraft function as mobile Hacker Caves.
* HallwayFight: The FinalBattle between Neo and Agent Smith takes place in a building's hallway inside the Matrix.
* HandSignals:
** 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.
* HannibalLecture: Smith loves these. In return, Neo delivers a famous ShutUpHannibal in the train station scene; see DoNotCallMePaul.
* 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."
* HellBentForLeather: The protagonists' costumes when in the Matrix.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted; Morpheus does this to allow Neo and the others to escape, but in rather short order, Neo and Trinity rescue him.
* HeroicSecondWind: In the climax, Neo is defeated and lies dead on the floor. However, after receiving a TrueLovesKiss by Trinity he comes BackFromTheDead to [[TookALevelInBadAss kick some serious Agent ass]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Cypher kills Dozer and wounds Tank with a lightning rifle, and Tank then uses it to kill him.]]
* {{Hologram}}: The bridge of the ''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.
* ImAHumanitarian: Enforced on humanity by the machines, who, as Morpheus describes, liquefy dead humans and feed them intravenously to the living humans in the power plant.
* 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}} or security guards in the lobby can hit Neo or Trinity with their automatic guns.[[note]]Justified in that Both Trinity and Neo have received training that enables them to dodge bullets due to their increased reflexes and speed.[[/note]]
* 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.\\
'''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.
* JustInTime:
** Trinity, in the beginning, manages to exit the Matrix right before the truck smashes into the phone box.
** Neo, in the climax, manages to get out of the Matrix just in time for Morpheus to activate the EMP without killing him.
* 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]].
* LadyInRed: The woman in the red dress during the Agent Training Program.
* LectureAsExposition: Morpheus gives lengthy ones to Neo about the Matrix.
* 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 a 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]].
* LittleNo: Agent Smith utters one when he sees the helicopter outside the window and Neo says another one before he stops all the bullets after becoming the One.
* LivingADoubleLife: Neo, which Smith lays out at the start of the interrogation sequence.
-->'''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. For example, streets in this movie share their names with Chicago streets, and there is a photo of the Chicago skyline as it was in early 1999 on the wall of Mr. Rinehart's office.
* LogoJoke: The Creator/WarnerBros and Village Roadshow Pictures logos are tinted in Matrix-green.
* 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.
* 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]].
* MisterExposition: Morpheus provides most of the exposition.
* MobstacleCourse:
** 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 simply to throw people out of their way, or shoot them, or simply [[BodySurf change places with them]].
* MoreDakka: The minigun scene is just ''one'' example.
-->'''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''.
* MultipleGunshotDeath:
** [[spoiler:Mouse]] meets his end when [[spoiler:police officers gun him down]].
** During the climax, Agent Smith empties a magazine into [[spoiler:Neo]].
* 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.
* OhCrap:
** 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]].
** Neo gets one when Morpheus alerts him of the Agents in his office.
--->'''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.]]
* OnePhoneCall: Neo demands one when being interrogated by Agent Smith in the beginning.
* 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. It [[OrificeEvacuation later departs Neo the same way]] when Trinity, Switch, and Apoc pick him up.
* TheOutsideWorld: There are ''[[RuleOfThree three]]'' different "Outsides" 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 wherein 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 martial arts.
-->'''Mouse:''' Morpheus is fighting Neo!
* PervertedSniffing: [[spoiler:Cypher]] does this to Trinity.
* 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.
* PlayfulHacker: Mouse is a competent computer hacker and has fun with putting ladies in red into training simulations.
* PluckyComicRelief: Mouse. [[ShooOutTheClowns That ends]] [[spoiler:the second he gets backed into a corner and the armored personnel under the command of the Agent overwhelm him with their combined gunfire, leaving him dead as a doornail]].
* 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.]]
* PowersAsPrograms: Skills are literally computer code, and any of the rebels at any time can call MissionControl, ask to be hacked, and receive instant upgrades.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Agent Smith to Neo before charging him in the subway: [[{{Sadist}} "I'm going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson."]]
* ThePrecariousLedge: Subverted when Neo is instructed by Morpheus to crawl along a tiny ledge between windows to escape {{the men in black}}. He chokes and gets captured instead.
* PreExplosionGlow: After Neo dives into him, this happens to Agent Smith just before he's blown apart.
* PrecisionFStrike: The one security guard who says [[OhCrap "Holy shit!"]] in reaction to Neo revealing the arsenal he's carrying under his coat.
* PrefersTheIllusion: [[spoiler:Cypher]] [[FaceHeelTurn sides with the Machines]] because he prefers the Matrix to the AfterTheEnd reality of Earth.
-->[[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.
*** Not to mention that it seems most bluepills had already picked up on something wrong with the Matrix.
** Parodied by ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/566/ here]].
* 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.
* ProphecyTwist: The Oracle tells Neo that he is not the One, he must 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 (i.e., he is killed instead of Morpheus) but resurrects himself (waiting for another life) thence to become 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 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.
* RedPillBluePill: ''The Matrix'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} and uses the trope literally:
** Neo is given the choice by Morpheus himself, who warns him that all be can offer is the truth and he might not like it. Neo still goes with the red pill.
** 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 Dozer and 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:Most of the ''Nebuchadnezzar''[='=]s crew 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 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.
* TheReveal: One of the creepiest and best remembered reveals in film is when Morpheus explains the true nature of the Matrix.
* 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 …
* RewritingReality: Hacking the ''world''.
* {{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.
* 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.
* RubberyWorld: This happens twice.
** 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 in time for his second landing.
** When the helicopter slams into the building, the building ripples as if made of gelatin.
* RunOrDie: The strategy for dealing with Agents. Morpheus tells Neo that he can eventually become able to fight the Agents rather than fleeing; Cypher just tells him to run away.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Apoc, Switch, Dozer, and Mouse]] who all die within about five minutes.
* SamusIsAGirl: Trinity, from Neo's perspective. Because as we all know … ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet.
* ScareChord: Used effectively, twice:
** 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.
** Another one is used shortly thereafter, the first time Neo is plugged into the Construct.
* ScreamingWarrior: Morpheus, when he [[spoiler:busts out of the wall to fight an Agent so Neo can escape]], and again when he [[spoiler:breaks his handcuffs so that Neo can rescue him]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Agents Brown and Jones do this after witnessing Neo destroy Smith at the end of the film.
* ShellShockSilence: In the climax when [[spoiler:Smith shoots Neo in the chest]], all sounds drown out, and only the empty shell hitting the ground is audible.
* ShooOutTheClowns: The first team member to die is [[spoiler:Mouse]].
* ShootTheRope: Multiple times in the movie; most notably, when Neo shoots the elevator cables to drop it, and Trinity right before she leaps from the helicopter.
* SlowMotionFall: The helicopter with Trinity inside drops in slow motion.
* 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:
** When Neo and Trinity are trying to rescue Morpheus from the building, shell casings are ejected from all the automatic weapons that were being used.
** When Neo is attempting to rescue Morpheus from the building using the helicopter with a belt-fed [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]], the shell casings fall like rain.
* SpoonBending: The unreality of the Matrix is properly demonstrated to Neo when a boy mentally bends a spoon. Neo's attempt at doing so is the first time Neo learns to manipulate the world around him.
* StairwellChase: The déjà vu shootout features this traveling stairwell shot.
* StockPhrases: "Get out of there!" comes up twice. First Morpheus warns Neo over the phone to get out of his office when the agents arrive. Later [[MissionsControl Tank]] tells Mouse to get out of the building after the Deja Vu incident in the Matrix.
* 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.]]
* SymbolicBaptism: When Neo is first unplugged from the Matrix, he wakes up in womb-like a pod filled with a reddish liquid which drains and flushes him into the hands of his allies. This is his first experience in actual reality.
* 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 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, except Tank and Dozer, who can't jack into the Matrix because they were born outside.
* TelepathicSprinklers: Done shortly after the famous lobby scene. Neo's elevator firebomb somehow manages to set off every sprinkler in the building, drenching the Agents (several stories above the blast) at a dramatically opportune moment. Somehow the dinky sprinklers in the room also manage to fill the place up with what looks like about a foot of standing water, just to make the upcoming helicopter/machine gun scene look that much more awesome.
* 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.]]
* TerminallyDependentSociety: Morpheus describes humans from before the machine rebellion this way. Paraphrased:
-->'''Morpheus:''' Humans have always been dependent on machines. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
* ThatManIsDead: "My name … is Neo!"
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: Neo is [[SamusIsAGirl surprised that Trinity is female]]. She says most guys are.
* ThereIsNoTry:
-->'''Morpheus:''' Stop ''trying'' to hit me and ''hit'' me!
* ThisIsThePartWhere
-->'''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.
* 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 (albeit without saying anything) in the subway station when he decides to stop running from Smith, turning and fighting him instead. [[spoiler:In a double subversion, he actually defeats Smith, but defeating an Agent is meaningless as Smith simply body-hops to another person, so Neo ends up running away anyway.]]
* TitleOnlyOpening: There are no opening credits beyond the production logos and the title.
* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler:Cypher]].
* TokenTrio: Done by happenstance, as performers of various races were considered for all three main parts.
* TrackingDevice: Neo is implanted with a tracking bug, which Trinity later removes.
* TrashLanding: Neo, while running from the three Agents in the final act, jumps from a window and conveniently lands on a pile of cardboards and bags of trash.
* TheTreacheryOfImages: "There is no spoon."
* TrenchCoatWarfare: Neo has plenty of weapons underneath his coat when entering the lobby.
* TrueLovesKiss: After [[spoiler:Neo]] is killed by Agent Smith, [[spoiler:Trinity]] brings him back to life with a kiss.
* TryAndFollow:
** 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 ''Nebuchadnezzar'' crew in the first film.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Neo]] at the end of the movie.
* 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."
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation:
** 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: [[spoiler: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.
* WaitHere: When Neo decides to go in and rescue Morpheus on his own, Trinity demands to tag along by pulling rank and invoking her longer-standing relationship with TheCaptain.
* WalkingArmory: Neo brings nearly twenty guns underneath his trench coat to the lobby shoot-out.
* WallSlump: The scene where [[spoiler:Neo dies; Agent Smith repeatedly shoots Neo after he backs up and hits the wall but before sinking to the ground]].
* WhamLine: Agent Smith in the opening scene: "No, Lieutenant, your men are already dead."
* WhamShot: Showing the endless fields of humans being grown by the machines.
* WhiteBunny: Neo is told to follow the white rabbit, which he does when noticing his client's shoulder tattoo of a white rabbit.
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: When Neo asks for his OnePhoneCall, [[DisproportionateRetribution Smith responds by erasing his mouth.]]
-->'''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 using it.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The spoon child, emphatically.
* 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.]]
* YourOtherLeft: Actually said by Tank to Neo while on the run from Agents when he tries to dodge into an apartment to escape them.
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