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     Crew of the Nebuchadnezzar 

Neo/Thomas Anderson

"I know kung fu."
Played By: Keanu Reeves

"My Neo."

The protagonist of the series and the Chosen One to liberate mankind from the virtual world where the machines have imprisoned them. His Matrix identity is Thomas A. Anderson, a software company office employee and computer hacker. He gets freed from the Matrix by Morpheus and his gang, and gradually learns about his destiny.

  • Anti Anti Christ: As The Matrix Reloaded revealed, the purpose of The One was actually yet another method of machines controlling humanity in that basically the One would spare some people in Zion before Zion is destroyed and then the cycle continues, and there were several "The Ones" before Neo and his predecessor. However, Neo rejects this path, and ends up granting humanity true freedom after destroying Smith, and himself in the process.
  • Anti-Hero: In the first movie, of course growing out of it to become The Hero.
  • Badass: Not at first, but he gradually becomes this and by the end of the first film, he's a world-class combatant who can hold his own against Agents.
  • Badass Longcoat: The duster from the lobby scene in the first movie. In the sequels, part of his standard getup in the Matrix is a coat styled after a priest's cassock.
  • Badass Normal: Even before he became the One, he was among the handful of those, if not the only person, who was actually successful in taking out an Agent empty-handed.
  • Battle Couple: With Trinity.
  • The Chosen One: The Prophecy makes him into one. Turns out it's just more manipulation by the machines.
  • Cool Shades: A Matrix trademark.
  • The Cracker: Was a hacker as a bluepill.
  • Determinator: Why does he keep going? Because he can. Because he chooses to.
  • Eye Scream: He loses his eyes in Revolutions when the Smith-possessed Bane shoves a severed power cable in his face.
  • Follow the White Rabbit: Neo is told to do this through his computer, and shortly after follows a girl with a white rabbit tattoo to Trinity, and then Morpheus, and beyond.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: "My name... is Neo." However, Smith almost always calls him Mr. Anderson in the sequels and Neo doesn't say either of these to him.
  • Guns Akimbo: Neo's general preference in armed combat is this. The lobby scene in the first movie alone features Neo's almost exclusive use of several pairs of guns.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has his eyes completely burned by Bane!Smith, but kills him anyway thanks to his machine-like vision.


"Dodge this."
Played By: Carrie Anne Moss

"It's the question that drives us, Neo. It's the question that brought you here."

The second-in-command of the human resistance and Neo's eventual love interest. She is an amazing fighter and steals most of the fight scenes during the trilogy.

  • The Hero Dies: Not long before Neo does.
  • Samus Is a Girl/There Are No Girls on the Internet: Neo believed Trinity to be a man before meeting her, and in The Animatrix, three other people refer to Trinity as "he" before they meet her. This is apparently quite common, yet they're not that surprised to learn Trinity is a she.
    Neo: Jesus, ummm...
    Trinity: What?
    Neo: Well, it's just, um...I thought you were a guy.
    Trinity: *slight smile* Most guys do.
  • Verb This!: Her "Dodge this." comment to the Agent she head-shoots in the first movie served as the former Trope Namer. She pulls a similar line on Persephone in Reloaded when Persephone asks to sample "the feeling of love" from Neo.
    Why don't you sample this instead? *points her gun at Persephone*


"You think that's air you're breathing now?"
"I'm trying to free your mind, Neo, but I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it."

The most notorious terrorist in the Matrix world and the leader of the human resistance outside of Zion. He is the first who reveals the existence of the Matrix, and becomes Neo's mentor and teacher.

  • Bring It: The most important thing he taught Neo? That awesome stance.
  • The Captain: Morpheus' official role is as the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar; everything else is his personal mission.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: He's very prone to go into philosophical lectures.
  • Cool Shades: Super-reflective pince nez sunglasses.
  • A Father to His Men: The crew of the Neb would follow him to their deaths without hesitation.
  • Heroic BSOD: He didn't take it very well when he learned everything he believed in was "another system of control".
    I have dreamed a dream... but now that dream has gone from me.
  • It Has Been an Honor: "The honor is mine / is still mine."
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Defied by Neo in the first movie, and it sticks that way. Morpheus is the only lead to make it through the entire trilogy.
  • Mr. Exposition: He delivers several key Info Dumps to Neo in the first movie; the Oracle picks up the slack in the sequels.
  • The Obi-Wan: Fulfills every aspect except the "dying to save the hero" bit; the closest he comes to this is allowing himself to be captured so the others can escape. Neo refusing to leave him behind is one of his most important decisions.
  • Single Tear: At the end of Revolutions when the war ended. In a way, the prophecy did come to pass.
  • There Is No Try: "Stop trying to hit me and hit me!"
  • Waistcoat of Style: At least in Reloaded.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Morpheus views every human who is unconsciously in the Matrix (which is 90% of mankind) as a potential enemy, and blasts them away without a second thought. Justified since, as he explains to Neo, anyone in that situation can become an Agent at any moment.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A rare heroic example.
  • Working with the Ex: He works the guns on the Mjolnir while Niobe pilots as they race to Zion in Revolutions.


Played By: Joe Pantoliano

"Ignorance is bliss."

A member of the human resistance against the Machines and part of Morpheus' gang. It was a nasty shock to him when he was jerked out of the Matrix and forced to live in the hellish real world, leading to him becoming a traitor, willing to doom Zion-based mankind in order to get back into the Matrix.

  • Face-Heel Turn: He makes a deal with the Machines to doom Zion in exchange for being plugged back into the Matrix.


Played By: Harold Perrineau

"All I know is that ship needs an operator. And right now that operator's me."

The new operator on the Nebuchadnezzar after Tank's off-screen death, Link is Tank and Dozer's brother-in-law, married to their sister Zee. He provides comic relief for the films, often being bamboozled by Neo's powers.

  • Black Best Friend: To Morpheus and Neo.
  • Heel-Faith Turn: Link is given a religious pendant by his wife to bring him home, but he does not share her faith. By the end of the films, Link is so happy to have survived that he swears never to take it off.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Link thinks Morpheus is crazy but is starting to believe in him because of Neo's powers.
  • Playful Hacker: While he's just as serious about his Operator duties as Tank was, Link seems to have a more loose and carefree attitude overall.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His reactions to the events in the second film are hilarious.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: When Marcus Chong, who played Tank in the original film, left the film after a contract dispute it was established that operator Tank had died in between the first and second film. Link, who plays much the same role, suddenly appeared as his brother-in-law.


Played By: Marcus Chong

"We're supposed to start with these operation programs first, but that's major boring shit, so let's do something a little more fun. How about... combat training."

Tank is the Nebuchadnezzar's Operator, who oversees the team's operations in the Matrix and controls the various training simulations.

  • Badass: He survives Cypher shooting him with a plasma gun, and later kills Cypher with the same gun, then fights through his pain to get Neo and Trinity back into the Matrix to save Morpheus from the Agents.
  • The Cracker: As the ship's Operator, he sets up the hack that gets the crew into the Matrix, then monitors the coding to let the team know what's going on and download hacks to them.
  • Killed Offscreen: He's mentioned in the opening of Reloaded as having died, while he was definitely alive at the end of the original.
  • Made of Iron: Tank stoically fights through the pain of his plasma burns to resume his Operator duties.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Marcus Chong's behavior behind the scenes was the reason Tank was removed from the sequels.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Tank dies at some point between the first and second movie; the exact cause isn't revealed.


Played By: Anthony Ray Parker

Dozer is Tank's brother. He gets little development, and is one of the first of the crew to be killed.

  • Ace Pilot: Dozer pilots the Nebuchadnezzar during the scene that introduces the Sentinels.
  • Character Death: Cypher fries him with a plasma gun after shooting Tank.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Lunges after Cypher after he attacked Tank with the plasma gun.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He dies trying to stop Cypher from killing the crew after he returns from the Matrix and shoots Tank.
  • Genius Bruiser: He gives the explanation of the food goop's components during the breakfast scene.
  • Military Moonshiner: He brews up some sort of liquor in his spare time.
    Cypher: It's good for two things: de-greasing engines and killing brain cells.


Played By: Matt Doran

"To deny our impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."

Mouse is the group's computer programmer; he created the Agent training program and possibly the other programs Neo is shown in. He's rather twitchy and frenetic, and appears to have created the "woman in the red dress" for more purposes than just a distraction in the Agent program.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: His last stand involved using two Tommy-guns at full-auto, one in each hand. The recoil of which causes him to not hit a single SWAT member before they take him down.
  • Character Death: He's the first of the group to die, gunned down by the police as they storm the building the crew is trying to get out of after the meeting with the Oracle.
  • The Hedonist: His offer to hook Neo up with the woman in the red dress, following by his rebuttal of Switch and Apoc's teasing and line about denying impulses, hint at a rather perverted side to him.
  • Motor Mouth: He has a tendency to slip into this when excited, which is most of the scenes he's in.
  • Playful Hacker: Builds training programs and then alters them for...more fun purposes.


Played By: Belinda McClory

"Listen to me, copper-top. We don't have time for 20 Questions. Right now, you have two choices: our way, or the highway."

Switch appears to have an enforcer-type role in the team, as she turns her gun on Neo the instant he's in the car to see Morpheus and doesn't have any patience for his confusion. She also seems to like to tease Mouse, unlike the more disdainful Apoc.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Along with her masculine haircut and suit, her comment about Mouse being "the digital pimp, hard at work!" after he tries to hook Neo up with the woman in the red dress, along with Mouse referring to her and Apoc as "hypocrites", implies that she may have taken Mouse up on that very offer.
  • Character Death: Cypher kills her shortly after Apoc, in the same manner.
    "Not like this... not like this."
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's a lot more skeptical than the optimistic Trinity.
  • Woman in White: While most of the main characters sport black leather or dark suits in the Matrix, along with dark sunglasses, Switch stands out in a white suit and orange sunset shades, to match her shocking bleach-blonde hair.


Played By: Julian Arahanga

"I hope the Oracle gave you some good news."

Apoc gets little character development but has multiple functions during the film. He drives the car that brings Neo to Morpheus, runs the seeking program that finds Neo in the power plant, and helps cover the group's escape from the police and Agents after Neo meets with the Oracle.

  • Character Death: He is the first to be killed by Cypher, who yanks his Matrix jack out of his head.
  • The Stoic: He is the most cool and collected of the group, and seems to have little patience for Mouse's jibber-jabber.


The Oracle

Played By: Gloria Foster & Mary Alice

"We can never see past the choices we don't understand."

An Exile, a "rogue program" in the Matrix, who helps the human resistance at times with her cryptic advice. She can see into the future, but prefers her visitors to make up "their own damn minds" in deciding their actions. The Architect refers to her as the mother of the Matrix. She is possessed by Smith in Revolutions, causing him to gain powers similar to Neo's, but this ultimately proves part of his defeat.

  • Apron Matron: She is introduced wearing an apron and baking cookies during her first meeting with Neo.
  • Benevolent A.I.: She ultimately wants peace between the humans and machines and is willing to play "a very dangerous game" to see that happen.
  • Catch Phrase: "Make up your own damn mind."
  • The Chessmaster: A lot of it relied on her "pawns" behaving a certain way, but in the end she got exactly what she wanted.
  • Gambit Roulette: Being an oracle, it's more believable, but she's still a computer program in a self-admitted less than perfect computer.
  • Heel-Face Turn: At some point before the movies, she got tired of leading the Zionites of each generation into false hope and ultimately futile actions and decided to pull strings to prevent Zion from being destroyed again and cause a cease-fire between Man and Machine.
  • Magical Negro: Her appearance in the virtual world.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Though her intentions are good. The last scene of the trilogy is her and the Architect commenting on the "dangerous game" she's played to end the war.
  • The Nth Doctor: The Oracle had two actresses during the films, Gloria Foster died and was replaced with Mary Alice. The in-universe explanation was that Rama-Khandra gave the Merovingian the Oracle's shell codes, causing her to gain a new physical appearance.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: "Don't worry about the vase."
  • Team Mom: Not just to the Neo and Co. she is literally the Mother of the Matrix. Which is how Smith got similar powers to The One through her.
  • You Monster!: When Smith revealed what he did to Sati, the weary Oracle can only reply that he's a sick bastard.

The Merovingian

Played By: Lambert Wilson

Neo: What does he want?
Oracle: What do all men with power want? More power.

A powerful Frenchman Exile. Considering himself a businessman, the Merovingian believes in "cause and effect", is very manipulative, enjoys the finer things in life, and despises the Oracle. He has a wife named Persephone, who he often cheats on. He holds the Keymaker captive, but he is freed by Neo, Morpheus, Trinity and Persephone getting payback on him.

  • Meaningful Name: The Merovingian dynasty were Frankish royals with close ties to the church.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Not Merv himself, but many of his underlings are programs that resemble vampires and werewolves.


Played By: Monica Bellucci

"Cause and Effect, my love."

The Merovingian's wife and fellow Exile, Persephone is tired of her husband's cynical shenanigans and affairs with other women, prompting her to aid Neo to free the Keymaker.

  • Emotion Eater: Apparently, she can read a person's emotions if they kiss her and gets off on doing so because of her loveless marriage.
    To be honest, I do enjoy the taste of tears. But there is something I enjoy so much more.
  • Meaningful Name: Persephone was the unhappy wife of Hades in Greek myth. One of Merv and Persephone's Deadly Decadent Courts is called Club Hel.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A translucent white dress in Reloaded and a red, very low cut leather getup in Revolutions.
  • The Power of Love: Persephone convinces the Merovingian to surrender Neo in Revolutions, acknowledging how far Trinity will go to rescue her lover.
  • True Love's Kiss: Persephone allows Neo to see the Keymaker if he kisses her like he kisses Trinity.
  • Woman Scorned: She is very, very sick of the Merovingian's antics and cheating.

The Architect

Played By: Helmut Bakaitis

"What do you think I am - human?"

The program that created and acts as maintainer and chief administrator of the Matrix.

  • Clock King: His purpose is to balance out the equation, and he factors in the unpredictability of others to make his predictions more accurate.
  • Emotionless Boy: His dialogue implies that he is a "being" of pure logic and mathematical reasoning, with little to no capacity for emotion or empathy. Thus, he displays almost no emotion during his scenes with Neo, except cold disdain at Neo's determination and a rather smug arrogance.
  • Man in White: His appearance in the virtual world.
  • Mr. Exposition: His purpose is basically to give Neo an extended version of the history of the Matrix we got from Smith in the first movie, and to tell Neo his ultimate function.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: To an extreme; his dialogue is crammed full of $10 words and convoluted phrasing. He's not quite as bad during his appearance in the third movie, though.
  • Smug Snake: Has his moments as machines like to think they're superior to humans in every way.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The Oracle contemptuously notes that he can't guess the outcome of any choice, and simply has to plug them in as variables in his calculations.

The Keymaker

Played By: Randall Duk Kim

An exiled program who appears as a middle-aged Asian man. He carries numerous keys that allow him access to the backdoors and secret passages of the Matrix. Able to unlock a door to the Architect's chamber, the Keymaker is imprisoned by the Merovingian until Neo and co. rescue him. He is gunned down by the numerous Agent Smiths.

  • Badass Grandpa: The Keymaker is pretty sturdy, surviving the whole car crash sequence without a scratch despite being attacked by Agents, the Twins, cops, and flung around like a toy.
  • Captain Obvious: When Neo meets him for the first time, he is sitting at a table in a room full of keys, while crafting another one. His words after Neo's introduction: "I am the Keymaker".
  • Cool Key: Take your pick. He's got a room full of them.
  • Everyone Calls Him Keymaker
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gunned down by Smith, although he claims it was meant to be.
  • Master of Unlocking: If it's got a lock, he has the key. Hilariously, he just happens to have the key to a motorcycle Trinity finds on the freeway.
  • Skeleton Key: Is basically this for all of the Matrix.


Played By: Collin Chou

You do not truly know someone until you fight them.

The Oracle's bodyguard, an Exile who appears as a soft-spoken Asian man with kung fu powers. He once worked for the Merovingian, and had a few run-ins with Smith back when the latter was still part of the system.

  • Apologetic Attacker: Whenever he fights someone to make sure they are who they say they are, he apologizes in advance.
  • Badass: He's the only program who can fight the One to a standstill.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: He betrayed the Merovingian to work for the Oracle.
  • Broken Angel: If the name wasn't a hint, the Merovingian and co. like calling him "wingless", etc. The Online game suggests he once had actual wings, but lost them as punishment for his betrayal.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Seraph can match Neo in both speed and fighting prowess.
  • Master of Unlocking: Can access the backdoors of the Matrix like the Keymaker.
  • Meaningful Name: As in Seraphim.
  • Meditation Powerup: When Neo sees his code, he perceives Seraph as shining with many points of light.

The Twins

Played By: Adrian & Neil Rayment

A duo of identical programs who work for the Merovingian. They can turn into ghost-like forms and pass through solid objects.

  • Dissonant Serenity: They don't get many lines, but even counting facial and body language, the most emotion they ever show is in their "We are getting aggravated" line. And even that is delivered in a Creepy Monotone.
  • Evil Albinos: Their skin is the same pasty white as their clothes.
  • Healing Factor: When they go intangible, any wounds they suffered while corporeal are healed.
  • Improbable Weapon Users: When everyone else uses guns or fists, knives just look silly.
  • Intangible Men: They can turn into an incorporeal (and rather monstrous-looking) form to avoid physical damage and heal their wounds.
  • Knife Nut: Where most characters have certain guns as their Weapon of Choice, the Twins seem to like straight razors. They still use an automatic weapon during the highway chase.
  • Men In White: White tuxedos, white longcoats, white skin, white hair, white knives, the list goes on. They even gain a white aura when intangible.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Several of the Merovingian's lackeys have special abilities that are loosely based on various supernatural creatures. In the case of the Twins, they appear to be based on ghosts given their albino complexions and intangibility powers.
  • Royal "We": Each of the twins refers to himself as "We" since they're identical programs.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They're sent flying into the air after Morpheus totals their car, but it's not clear if they died or not.

Rama-Khandra, Kamala and Sati

A family of programs, Rama-Khandra and Kamala created Sati out of love but are forced to leave her in the Matrix with the Oracle, as she serves no purpose to the Machines. Going to the Merovingian for help, Rama-Khandra gives him the Oracle's shell codes, causing her to change her appearance. They meet Neo in Mobil Avenue and are taken by the Trainman to the Matrix. Rama-Khandra and Kamala return to the Machine City.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rama-Khandra appears for all of seven seconds in Reloaded, being led away from the Merovingian's table. He then disappears until Revolutions.
  • Papa Wolf: Rama-Khandra. He is willing to do anything to ensure that his daughter has a good life.

The Trainman

Played By: Bruce Spence

A program designed to smuggle Exiles in and out of the Matrix. Appearing as a dirty tramp-like man, the Trainman can teleport by leaping into the path of a train. He controls Mobil Avenue and works for the Merovingian.

  • Clock King: Knows exactly when trains in the Matrix are due, to the extent of being able to blindly leap in front of them to lose pursuers.
  • Significant Anagram: Mobil Avenue is Limbo. The Trainman himself is likely an allusion to Charon, the ferryman of the afterlife.
  • Vehicle Vanish: disappears behind a train this way to escape pursuit from Seraph, Morpheus and Trinity.



"What if all this, the prophecy, everything is bullshit?"
Played By: Jada Pinkett-Smith

Captain of the Logos, Niobe is Morpheus' ex-girlfriend who now is dating Commander Locke. Not a believer in Morpheus' prophecy, Niobe does however believe in Neo and lends him her ship in the third film to reach the Machine City. She is an Ace Pilot, driving the Hammer hovercraft to Zion whilst under attack from an army of Sentinels.

  • Ace Pilot: Almost everyone views piloting a mechanical pipe as impossible; not only has Niobe done so, she's done it twice. Once in her backstory, and once in the third film using someone else's ship.
    Roland: Holy Christ, I didn't know this ship could do that! [...] God damn, woman, you can drive!
  • Working with the Ex: Niobe gets on well with Morpheus and it's implied they become a couple again at the end of the third film.


Played By: Anthony Wong

Niobe's Number Two, Ghost is the best gunner in Zion. He was released from the Matrix on the same day as Trinity, and has unrequited feelings for her.

Commander Jason Locke

Played By: Harry J. Lennix

The head of Zion's defensive forces, Commander Locke is quite angry a lot of the time, but wants nothing more than to defend Zion from the Machines, no matter the cost. He's in a relationship with Niobe, expanding on his feud with Morpheus further.

  • The Brigadier: He strongly disbelieves in Morpheus' belief in the Oracle's prophecy.
  • General Ripper: He claims he would be willing to put a gun into the hands of everyone in Zion to take down the Machines. Considering what's in store for the humans if the Machines win, it's somewhat understandable why he has that attitude.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may be the commander of the human forces, but...
  • Jerkass: He's a humorless tightass; people call him "Deadbolt" behind his back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his attitude, he genuinely wants to protect Zion. He just has no tolerance for Morpheus' ways and can't understand why the Council keeps supporting him.
  • That's an Order: Often uses this to get his commands understood.

Captain Mifune

Played By: Nathaniel Lees

Commander Locke's Number Two. Captain Mifune is much friendlier when compared to Locke, and leads Zion's army of APUs.

  • Battle Cry: "KNUCKLE UP!" *the AP Us all arm their cannons and assume a firing stance* "PRESEEEENT!!!" *everyone opens fire on the Sentinels*
  • The Captain: Mifune leads the APU squadrons, while Locke oversees the overall defense operation.
  • Passing the Torch: To Kid to open Zion's doors for the Hammer to arrive.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to his APU troops.
    All right! This is it! Now you all know me, so I'm gonna say this as simply as I can. If it's our time to die, it's our time. All I ask is, if we have to give these bastards our lives...we give 'em hell before we do!

The Kid

Played By: Clayton Watson

A young redpill who was freed from the Matrix by Neo and of his own will. Now a Tagalong Kid, Kid deeply believes in Neo's ability to save mankind and is his biggest supporter. He Takes A Level In Badass in the third film to defend Zion.

  • Driven to Suicide: His "death" in the Animatrix story.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Takes over Captain Mifune's APU, despite having never successfully qualified in the sims, although Captain Mifune claimed that he never qualified in the sims either.
  • Tagalong Kid: His wide-eyed enthusiasm when introduced and eagerness to fight for Neo's cause seemed tailor-made to let audiences know that he was so going to die later on, however...
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the third film he takes up Captain Mifune's APU to cut open Zion's jammed bay doors so the Hammer could enter and light off her EMP, and he lives to tell about it.

Bane/Agent Smith

Played By: Ian Bliss

"There is nowhere I can't go, there is nowhere I won't find you."

A redpill who is possessed by Agent Smith in Reloaded. In the real world, the possessed Bane physically harms himself and seeks mankind's destruction. During the films, he uses an EMP to disable a small fleet of hovercraft, preventing Zion's EMP counterattack and allowing the five ships to be destroyed, then attacking Neo and Trinity aboard the Logos, blinding Neo. He (or at least the Smith code possessing him) is then decapitated by the blind man.

  • Beard of Evil: Bane's goatee serves as this once he's overwritten.
  • Demonic Possession: Smith overwrites Bane's Matrix-self and then takes over Bane in the real world through the broadcast connection.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Not of his own choice.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Real! Bane: Oh, God.
    Smith! Bane: It's not over, Mister Anderson. It's not over.
  • Fantastic Racism: Inhabiting a human body does nothing to reduce it; this Smith is even more determined to exterminate us.
    I admit, it is difficult to even think, encased in this rotting piece of meat. The stink of it filling every breath, a suffocating cloud you can't escape. Disgusting. Look at how pathetically fragile it is. Nothing this weak is meant to survive.
  • Grand Theft Me: Has his mind overwritten by Smith.
  • Kick the Dog: Does this to Neo and mankind throughout the films.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Bane gains Smith's intelligence and deceit.
  • Off with His Head!: Neo braining Bane with a pipe explodes "Smith"'s head from his perspective.
  • Something Only They Would Say: It takes several "Mister Andersons" and an "I want what you want" for Neo to accept that, yes, Smith has somehow followed him into the human world.
    Neo: It can't be. It's impossible.
    Smith: Not impossible. Inevitable.


Played By: David Roberts

Captain of the Mjolnir, Roland is a grouchy and cynical man who disbelieves in the One and Neo's ability to stop the war.

  • Ascended Extra: In The Matrix Reloaded, he only appears in the opening and ending scenes. He becomes a supporting character in the third film.
  • The Captain: Of the Mjolnir.
  • Verbal Tic: He has a tendency to say "Goddamn" a lot.


Played By: Nona Gaye

Link's wife, and Tank and Dozer's sister.


Played By: Gina Torres

Dozer's widow.


Played By: Essie Davis

The Medical Officer aboard the Hammer.

  • Character Death: Bane kills her before making his escape.
  • The Medic: She's introduced monitoring Neo and Bane's vital signs while they're unconscious.
  • The Reveal: Specifically, that Neo's vitals and brain functions are like someone who's jacked into the Matrix instead of simply unconscious or comatose, setting up Morpheus, Trinity, and Seraph's attempt to free him from the Merovingian.


The Agents

Played by: Paul Goddard, Robert Taylor (Agents Brown and Jones respectively in the first film (top)), Daniel Bernhardt, David A. Kilde and Matt McColm (Upgraded Agents Johnson, Jackson and Thompson respectively in the second film (bottom)).

The Elite Mooks of the Matrix, the Agents are suited men who act as the sentinels of the computer world, hunting down and killing all redpills or potential ones. All of them wear Cool Shades and earpieces symbolizing their connection to the machine mainframe. The Agents are Implacable Men and usually defy the physics of the Matrix as redpills do. They materialize in the Matrix by possessing the bodies of bluepills, and if killed they can just do it again.

  • Body Surf: They take over bluepills. It also alters the victim's appearance to that of the Agent.
  • The Dreaded: In the first movie, they are considered a nigh-unstoppable force, making Run or Die the only option when dealing with them. And then The One comes along...
  • Fragile Speedster: Relatively speaking. While their physical durability is slightly higher than that of normal humans (meaning they can shrug off punishment that would leave a normal person crippled with multiple broken bones and/or severely damaged internal organs), they are not Made of Iron and can be "killed" just as easily as a human if they are shot or stabbed in a vital area (assuming the attack actually hits them, which is not likely given their superhumanly fast dodging reflexes).
  • Implacable Man: Neo has a hard time dealing with Smith and his two cohorts in the first film. This is subverted in the sequels since Neo now has superpowers. Even with "upgrades", he's still more than a match for them.
  • The Men in Black: Well, yeah. They definitely look the part, and they're in charge of covering up glitchy programs, which, according to the Oracle, sometimes take the form of U.F.O.s.
  • Respawning Enemies: Since they never get killed, only the "bodies" of the bluepills they possess.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Exaggerated Trope. The Agents were already near-unstoppable death machines. By the second film, not only have the new Agents become more identical in appearance and aliases compared to the first batch, their combat ability had been increased to combat Neo, including intercepting some of his attacks— but still not sufficient to pose an actual threat.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Their fighting style is simply 'punch and dodge' compared to the Resistance's kung-fu moves, and they lack the eerie super-powers of programs like the Twins. They make up for it with brute force and near-immortality.


"It is inevitable."

"I'm going to enjoy watching you die, Mister Anderson."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

The antagonist of the series. He is an Agent, a program designed to protect the Matrix from redpills - humans who will try to reveal to anyone that the Matrix is a false reality - and Exiles, programs who will endanger it. After being destroyed by Neo in the first film, Smith gains virus-like abilities and begins making endless copies of himself by taking over the bodies of the bluepills, other Agents, and even redpills.

  • Affably Evil: Smith has shades of this in the first film, due to his civilized and well spoken demeanor.
  • Assimilation Plot: After becoming free of the System, he steadily converts the entire population of the Matrix into... himself. His motive is ambiguous and likely just expanding for the sake of expansion.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Neo as well as humanity in general, but especially Neo.
    Oracle: "He is you [Neo], your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out."
  • Ax-Crazy: His plans - if they are even his own, as he hints that he doesn't even know why he's doing the things he does - essentially will result in the absolute destruction of Humanity, Machines, and the Matrix, and he has a psychopathic hatred of Neo.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Green one in the first movie, black in sequels. Even with cufflinks!
  • Berserk Button: Breaking his shades, or even simply forcing them off him by kicking him hard enough, apparently gets him enraged, given how he reacted in The Matrix and The Matrix Revolutions.
  • Big Bad: He starts out as The Heavy, then upgrades...
  • Catch Phrase: "Mister Anderson."
  • Clone by Conversion: From the second movie onwards, the usual Agent Body Surf ability becomes this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Was deathly serious as an Agent of the system. After becoming a virus in the second film, he developed a very dry and cynical sense of humor.
    Agent Thompson: ...You!
    Smith: Yes, me. Me, me me! [Replicates himself over Thompson's code]
    Smith 2: Me too.

    Smith: Cookies need love, like everything else.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He is under almost constant control by his Machine masters and tasked with maintaining order in the Matrix. However, even in the original film he reveals that he has ulterior motives. When he briefly removes his earpiece, he admits to Morpheus that he completely despises the "zoo" he considers himself trapped in and is revolted by even the taste of humanity. In the sequels, he goes on a full-scale rebellion to destroy everything.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This ultimately leads to his downfall. After defeating Neo, he asks why he still continues to fight, going into a long rant about how fighting for freedom and other morals is foolish and that love is something that only a human mind could invent. He angrily asks Neo why he insists on fighting, even though he has absolutely no chance at winning. Neo simply says, "Because I choose to." This makes Smith snap, mercilessly attacking Neo, and failing to realize that even though he can see the future he cannot understand it, making him just as blind to his fate as anyone else.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Neo, and he acknowledges it himself.
  • Evil Laugh: After he infected the Oracle and got her powers. It's quite creepy considering who he is most of the time.
  • Fantastic Racism: Smith hates humans, as seen through his quote "Never send a human to do a machine's job" and his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Morpheus.
  • The Fatalist: This, along with Straw Nihilist, defines his outlook. "We're not here because we're free, we're here because we're not free."
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the sequels, where he really goes off the chain and every line of dialogue that comes out of his mouth is just dripping with contempt.
  • Foreshadowing: His talk with Morpheus is this. At first, he essentially explains the purpose of himself and the other Agents, the origins of the Matrix, and his perspective of humanity. But after he takes his earpiece out, he seemingly begins to confide in Morpheus as to what he really wants. Notably, when the other two Agents re-enter the office whilst he still has his earpiece out, they are uncertain as to what he's been doing with Morpheus, suggesting that the earpiece is actually some manner of direct connection to the Machines - one Smith later discards entirely when he returns after his 'death'.
  • The Heavy: In the first film, he's simply the most fleshed-out enforcer of the system. In the sequels, he becomes a faction unto himself.
  • Implacable Man: Like every other Agent, as long as you're in the Matrix, he will not stop until you're dead. Not even killing him is enough, because his personality can just possess another body.
  • Irony: His "Humanity Is A Virus" speech vs what he becomes.
  • Large Ham: He's usually The Stoic, but he has his moments of this.
  • Last Name Basis: Refers to Neo exclusively as "Mr. Anderson", save for one moment in the beginning of Reloaded.
  • Mind Rape: He overwrites the brains of his victims, leaving them without personalities. On the other hand, the Machines have done this to most of the human race.
  • Not Quite Dead: Destroyed by Neo in the first movie, but he came back in the second.
  • Not So Stoic: He's the only Agent to ever show emotion. Too bad it happens to be seething contempt for the human species.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He basically wants to destroy the Matrix and Machines, in addition to the humans. He admits as early as his interrogation of Morpheus that he wants to at least escape from the Matrix, if not outright destroy it.
  • One-Man Army: Literally, since he is a virus in a computer program.
  • Pre-Explosion Glow: His various deaths.
  • Removing The Earpiece: In the first film, he briefly removes it to confide in Morpheus how much he's come to hate humans (as opposed to simply performing his function like other Agents). He stops wearing it entirely in the sequels, and sends it to Neo to "thank" him for setting him "free".
  • Rogue Agent: After being "contaminated" by Neo, Smith refuses to be deleted and becomes a virus.
  • Send in the Clones: "More!"
  • The Starscream: To the Machines. After being seemingly destroyed by Neo in the first film, he becomes a virus no longer affiliated with the Machines and plans to destroy the Matrix, the Machines, and the human race.
  • Straw Nihilist: Every thing he says could count as this. But most notably are his speeches in The Matrix to Morpheus; his resurrection speech in The Matrix Reloaded; and his rage-fueled rant in The Matrix Revolutions, especially when he declares to Neo that "the purpose of life is to end."
  • Villainous Breakdown: "Why, Mr. Anderson, why, WHY do you persist?!"
  • Would Hurt a Child: He assimilates Sati, a little girl program.
    "I'm not so bad... once you get to know me."
  • Zombie Apocalypse: What Smith unleashes upon the world of the Matrix, from the perspective of all the bluepills.

Brown and Jones

Smith's fellow Agents in the first film.

  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Both look at each other and decide to run rather than face Neo after he's become The One and tore Smith apart like he was nothing.

Johnson, Jackson and Thompson

The Agents replaced the ones from the first film.

  • You ALL Look Familiar: While the Agents already looked alike, it's increased to the point the Agents seem identical twins, especially Jackson and Thompson with Johnson standing out a little due to being the oldest of the three.

    The Machines 

The Machines

The main antagonists of the series behind Agent Smith and all the other hostilities of the Matrix. After years of abuse at the hands of mankind, the early machines turned against their creators and eventually declared war on mankind, leaving them in ruin. They created the Matrix to use the humans as an energy source after mankind blocked out the sun, allowing the humans to live peaceful but fake lives in a computer system. The machines use Sentinels to patrol the underground passages to eliminate any redpills or Zion citizens. The machines eventually decide to destroy Zion and send an army of Sentinels to wipe it out. In the third film, Zion and the Machines make peace when Neo saves the Matrix from Agent Smith.

  • Cry for the Devil: How the machines were treated before their uprising was quite depressing. They even built their own civilization called Zero One, but their attempt to join the UN peacefully was downright rejected merely because they were economically better than mankind.
  • Kill All Humans: For a time they wanted to do this, but changed their decision when they learnt humans could be used as batteries.
  • Killer Robot: The Sentinels are built to destroy human enemies.

Deus Ex Machina

The leader of the Machines, and/or a mass mind temporarily formed by the Machines to talk to Neo.

  • Bigger Bad: Though by the time we finally see it, Smith had become a bigger threat than it, forcing it to form an Enemy Mine with Neo.
  • Offstage Villainy: Until its appearance at the end of Revolutions, but teamed up with Neo to stop Agent Smith in exchange for peace.
  • Synchronized Swarming: Its "face" is made of many thousands of tiny machines that swirl threateningly around Neo at first and move in synch with each other to create the facial movements.
  • Voice of the Legion: It speaks in a thunderous chorus of mechanical voices.

The Sentinels

The footsoldiers of the machines, created to search and destroy.

  • The Dreaded: They're the main antagonists when outside of the Matrix. They are also quite deadly, able to utilize a laser cutter to break into the hull of human ships, and those arms can also get quite stabby if needed. The humans only real defense against them is with an EMP gun or bomb. Unfortunately both have their limits as the gun can only target one at a time, and the emp bomb also knocks out the computers used by the humans as well. The mecha employed by the humans in Zion don't really fare much better against them either.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The imagery is invoked; while most other machines are very insect-like, the Sentinels' multiple arms, wavy flying, and wriggling movement when on the ground give them a very cephalopod-like feel.
  • Killer Robot: They are the machines' main tools for attacking humans.
  • Laser Cutter: They use these to slice open the hulls of hovercrafts so they can get to the crews.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They have multiple eyes, all of which are bright red.
  • Zerg Rush: Seems to be their only method of attack.

    The Animatrix 


Voiced By: Hedy Burress

The protagonist of Beyond. She is a normal teenage girl who loses her cat Yuki one day and goes out into the city to find it. She ends up in a ruined house that contains a glitch in the Matrix, which bends the laws of reality.

  • A Glitch in the Matrix: Yoko's story.
  • Friend to All Children: Voyages to the glitched "haunted house" with a group of kids to look for her cat. She not only enjoys hanging out with them during their time there, but she also attempts to come to their defense when she thinks they may become endangered as some Agents and cleanup crew are quarantining the haunted house they were just playing in to fix the glitch in the Matrix.
  • Haunted House: Her plot revolves around one.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has a cat named Yuki. The plot of Beyond is kicked off when goes looking for her when Yuki misses a meal. When Yoko does find her, it's shown that they have close and affectionate relationship.


The protagonist of A Detective Story. Ash is a private detective hired by the Agents to locate Trinity. He takes on the case after receiving a sum of $800,000 in his bank account, and despite the horrid fates of all the other detectivesnote  that attempted it before.

  • Badass Normal: One other very few people successful in locating Trinity
  • Eye Scream: Unlike Neo, Ash had his bug implanted here (in his left). Trinity removes it with a special device, somehow without destroying his eye in the process, but it is still terrifying. Like Neo, he thought it was a dream.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The last we see of him, he is critically wounded in a train car and surrounded by three Agents who are only moments away from shooting him to death. What does he do? He calmly points his revolver at them and lights a cigarette.
  • Last Name Basis: We never get his first name.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has a fluffy cat named Dinah he keeps despite being broke.
  • Vague Age: The voice actors, combined with the animation, lend themselves to this. While Yoko's age is clearer and the Kid's is almost stated, it's not clear for Ash. Though he appears to be in his late 20s.


Voiced By: Hedy Burress

The protagonist of Program.

  • Big "NO!": After she killed Duo for his betrayal.
  • Secret Test of Character: The test program she was put through. Though she wasn't happy about it, and punched Kaiser.
    Kaiser: Aside from that part, I say she passed the test.


Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

The deuteragonist of Program and Cis' lover.

  • Face-Heel Turn: He betrayed his crew and contacted the Machines so that he and Cis can return to the Matrix with no memory of the truth.
  • Samurai: His virtual avatar in the program is, at least.
  • Un-Person: He never existed, he was just a simulation. And so was Cis' love for him, which, from what we see in the end of Program, will still linger.

Dan Davis

Voiced By: Victor Williams

The protagonist of World Record. A disgraced Olympic sprinter wanting to prove himself and the world that he could legitimately break a new world record.

  • Super Speed: Sort of, since he's inside the Matrix. Naturally, he's a fast runner, but he one time actually runs fast enough to cause A Glitch in the Matrix and momentarily free himself in the real world.

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