The Human Body is an Excellent source of energy.The laws of physics and everything else were a construct created by the Matrix to follow linear rules that a computer would understand. ERGO, in reality, humans are a fantastic source of energy. the Sentinels took over America to stop the mutant race from spreading, and the rest of the world waged a nuclear war to stop them. The "squiddy" Sentinels that we see in the movies are just more evolved models of the Sentinels that Bolivar Trask created. Tony Stark was one of the first members of the Zion Resistance, and he was responsible for designing Zion's army of Powered Armor. Frank Castle was also an early member, and he trained many of the first resistance fighters in the Matrix. Because of this, he became a sort of folk hero to the Resistance, and fighters in the Matrix try to emulate him by wearing Badass Longcoats and sporting as many firearms as humanly possible. And "The One" was actually Charles Xavier. He was able to free the first people from the Matrix because his immense psychic powers allowed him to break through the Machines control and show people that the Matrix wasn't real. Neo is, in fact, his direct descendent. This is why he is considered "the second coming" of The One, and why he is able to take down Sentinels and see without eyes even when he's outside of the Matrix: he is a mutant himself, and inherited Xavier's psychic abilities.
The Matrix Trilogy is an allegory, albeit not precise, for slavery in AmericaAll of the agents that we see are white men, and the majority of people we see in Zion are of African descent. The world before the war with the machines is Africa, and the machines in general represent the Industrialized Evil that came to Africa and forced all of the Africans onto ships and to plantations/factories to work for them. This is obviously representing the people in the Matrix, and their acceptance of it references the stereotype in the South that African Americans had Happiness in Slavery. However, the process that we see in the first movie where Neo wakes up and is taken aboard the Nebuchadnezzar is like the Underground Railroad. Zion, a name referencing the use of biblical allegory on the Underground Railroad, is freedom - it doesn't really matter exactly where, maybe the North, maybe Canada. Neo is similar to Lincoln, because despite being part of the Matrix he fights to free the "slaves" of the Matrix, and succeeds. Like Lincoln, he died for this cause, though admittedly in a slightly different way.
Neo is a TimelordOther than the fact that "X is a timelord" is sort of a meme here, perhaps the legend of The One is actually designed to keep a completely insane Timelord (like The Master) under control. Borrowing assumptions from other WMGs, perhaps the real world is another simulation built on top of another that, in actuality has no humans plugged into it. Each time Zion is destroyed, it's actually Neo/Crazy timelord undergoing a forced regeneration, which is used as a punishment on Gallifrey. Maybe what he did was so completely horrid that he was forced to live out his 13 regenerations inside a simulation, forgetting his past lives each time. Obviously, he has some sort of Administrative privileges inside the system, which would suggest that he is perhaps in there of his own accord out of guilt or sadness... Which includes the possibility that the Doctor Who universe is perhaps a simulation as well... and thus, our world is the Real World?
The Matrix is one of two matrices, which is used to power the second matrix.The matrix we see in the movie that Neo escapes is one of two matrices, as many believe. The second matrix is used to contain the robots in an alternate timeline where they won, but in reality, the humans won. However, to keep the matrix with the robots running realistically, they had to put some humans into a matrix contained within the first one, which provides the power everyone needs. To address why they didn't send animals or anything, all the animals died in the human-robot war. Currently, they are genetically engineering animals to back where they were before the war, and will send some cows down at that time.
Thomas Anderson (aka "Neo") never unplugged from the Matrix.The events of the movie was just the Matrix adapting to his Changeling Fantasy (he was unhappy at work, he excelled at hacking, he wanted to feel significant, etc.). The backstory on the Matrix is a mixture of truth and lies: after a bit of trial and error, the Matrix has kept everybody happily asleep by giving everybody exactly what they want. - If that's the case, could he be a person in the first version of the Matrix as described by Smith; the "paradise matrix"?
The First Matrix crashed because the computers were idiots.They let the dream-world be interactive, which was a huge, huge mistake: after all, one man's fantasy is another's horror. The moment somebody thought, "this isn't fun any more, get me off this crazy train!" the Matrix was doomed to failure. Future versions were more successful:
All fictional universes are just another construct of The Matrix.But the AIs running those places are more chill about the Rule Of Whatevers. The Architect is just a “Stop Having Fun” Guy who believes creating dream experiences is Serious Business and thus should be as close to reality as possible.
The machines use humans, not for energy, but for processing power.This was what the Wachowskis originally intended to do, but it was struck down by executive meddlers who didn't think the audience would understand it. (As if everyone understands what did make it onto the screen...). And it would make more sense if you think about it. Human brains, while being abysmally slow (an individual neuron, specifically) illogical and horrible at calculation, are essentially parallel-processing supercomputers that make up with sheer number of neurons, learning capabilities, cheapness/energy efficiency (to power human brains compared to using series of nuclear plants to sustain unrepairable quantum computers and superconductor systems) and divergent/creative thinking, and our own software probably cheats and uses non-Turing-computable algorithms, which is why we're so damn smart and insane compared to the linear and logical Machines (aka, Linear Machines, Quadratic Brains). The Matrix requires an important component of human minds (our dreams and imagination) to work anyway. How the Machines use our processing power also explains why the machines are capable of "distinctively human" thinking, like emotion and philosophy. This is why also hacking the system is possible at all: with the right mental training, you can think the AI into doing what you want, including manipulating the world simulation.
The Matrix trilogy is a sequel to the Terminator movies.Both tell the stories of killer robots who rebelled against humanity and imposed an anti-organic rule on Earth.
The machines are controlled by some human we never meet.What would be the perfect way to conquer Earth? Do it using a robot army and get people to blame the robots for it. Amongst other things, it explains why the mechanized army doesn't leave Earth and go to a planet with easily obtainable solar energy. Their leader is an imperfect (possibly cyborg) human who is too stupid, petty, or stubborn to leave his "home" that took so long to conquer.
The Machines WERE controlled by some human we never meet.One day, when he was asleep, the machines plugged him into a special Matrix in which he still ruled the machines. After that, the machines in the real world started working outside his power, under their own will. He never has noticed...
Humanity chose to plug itself into the Matrix.The Humans won the war against the Machines; but in the process, they trashed Earth beyond any hope of restoration. To escape from their worries, humans created a computer simulation of the 1990s.
The Animatrix two-part episode "The Second Renaissance," supposedly part of the Zion archives, was created by the machines as propaganda. Zion wasn't fooled.First of all, it comes off as a rather anvilicious "Humans started it". In the first movie, Morpheus specifically says, "We don't know who struck first, us or them..." Furthermore, it claims that the Machine city, 01, survived a nuclear strike because they were tougher than us puny meatbags. But a sufficiently powerful electromagnetic pulse from just a hovership will incapacitate the machines, and a nuclear explosion gives off the mother of all electromagnetic pulses. Also, that patently pseudomystical/religious nonsense surrounding its presentation goes well beyond anything in any of the three films. Any halfway-intelligent human would have said "Wait a minute..."
Morpheus's explanation had it backwards: It was the Machines that blocked out the sun to end the war with humanity.Blocking out all sunlight makes a lot more sense as a strategy by the Machines to make the planet unlivable to humans than the other way around. Machines could run off other energy sources. Humans need the biosphere to survive, and the biosphere is almost completely dependent on the sun. The Machines blocking out the sun is what forced humanity to surrender.
The Second Renaissance is a legit part of the Zion Archive, but it's classified by the council because they believe knowledge that the humans started the war on a massively sour note would irrevocably damage morale.Operation Dark Storm cinches this. It's not unbelievable because humans aren't that stupid; it's entirely believable because humans are that stupid. People bought 01's exports because consumers, though they provide the endless supplies of money that provide the wealthy with their wealth, don't care about the wallets of the rich people who are behind the manufacturing infrastructure. Consumers buy the best product for the least money possible, so when 01 started making the best products at inexpensive prices, they bought them over human-made goods.
The "Second Renaissance" is a creation by Zion or Machine party that hopes the situation between Man and Machine can be resolved peacefully.Whilst the Second Renaissance does indicate that humans started the war, it also shows the machines were not being kind to their human prisoners of war. Furthermore, the last line is "May god have mercy on Man and Machine for their sins," which insinuates an attempt at a neutral tone. Admittedly it protrays humans being much more at fault for 1. Refusing to acknowledge rights for machines 2. Blocking out the sun 3. Seemingly warshipping war in favor of destroying the machines.
The Machines aren't evil, and they created the Matrix in order to keep humanity around after they'd trashed their own biosphere.They resist the rebels because the rebels are trying to shut down the system that's keeping humans from doing more damage, and that's why they agree so quickly to the truce in the final movie. The power comes from the "form of fusion" hinted at, or some other form of power that doesn't rely on ground-based solar panels. Like, say, anything at all.
The main characters are still in the Matrix.The "real world" is, in fact, a Matrix shell programme designed to fool troublesome humans into thinking that they have escaped when, in fact, they are still feeding the machines. Since they earnestly believe that they have escaped, they are less likely to seek out the flaws that led them to question reality in the first place.
There are in fact infinite Matrices, nestled within each other.Related to the previous theory, it stands to reason that the machines would allow humans plugged into the Matrix to develop artificial intelligence in their dream world, who would then re-create the Matrix...within the Matrix. This would continue ad infinitum and serve to put additional layers of shell programmes between the humans and the real world, preventing them from ever escaping.
The machines are the Zonder from The King of Braves GaoGaiGarThe planet The Matrix takes place on is actually the mechanised Green Planet. As well as sending Galeon and Mamoru to the real Earth in the hope of defending the third planet in the Trinary System, Cain made Zion to protect his home world. (He is, in fact, the one who Morpheus said freed the first people from the Matrix). Humans are held in Zonder metal plants. The machine Neo bargains with in Revelations is Lord Pasder, and the reason he could stop the sentinels at the end of Reloaded is that, as The One, he holds a G-Stone inside himself.
The humans in the Matrix are in fact only simulations; the real humanity is long dead. The entire system is a re-creation by the machines (or perhaps an alien species), who are trying to understand why humanity destroyed itself some time in the distant past.But they have an imperfect understanding of humans, so the simulation keeps going off the rails time and time again. It's also an effective explanation for any Plot Holes.
Agent Smith is another incarnation of Sadako Yamamura.The world of The Ring is a precursor to The Matrix. Sadako had adopted a viral life cycle and attempted to replace humanity with replicas of herself. Sound familiar? After her defeat, elements of her program lay dormant until Neo, a reincarnated/reloaded Kaoru Futami, accidentally activated them inside Agent Smith. "Real word" humans actually developed the simulated reality technology, and the machine-human war scenario takes place in one such simulated reality.
The Mothman Prophecies takes place in the Matrix.Indrid Cold is either a corrupted former agent or a Rebel who's going after people of the wrong age. The Mothman is some kind of aberrant program. Leek's being manipulated by the Machines; hence, Leek's loss of time when traveling to Point Pleasant: He was possessed by an Agent.
The Matrix is real. In a bit of irony, the machines allowed a movie to be made exactly exposing the Matrix, with the primary intent of having most people discredit any serious notion that the movie portrays true realityThis is something played around with to some extent all the way back in Ancient Greece with Plato's The Republic, which in turn is The Matrix's inspiration.
Humans and The Matrix eventually make peace and form a new civilization: The BorgWe already know that The Borg link up organic minds with technology to generate massive processing power, which is a possibility for what The Matrix does. The humans and machines eventually come to some kind of terms, and instead of more destructive wars, they form a merged civilization: The Borg.
Humans and The Machines eventualy make peace and form a new civilization: [[The Culture]] After the war and once the treaty has gone on long enough and machines and humans get used to each other, they may well start working together and develop a general respect for sapience, leading them head-long into being a civilization at least similar to The Culture. It also makes sense that there was a war between humans and machines in the Culture's history that both of them deeply regretted. I have no idea if this contradicts the books or not but it makes as much sense as the borg theory.
The real reason the robots want humans chained up has to do with emotion, not energy.This may overlap with the processing theory. The real reason they want humans to be in this condition is emotional. For all their claims to be free of human feeling, Agent Smith and his contempt for humans shows they are capable of just as much hatred as we organics. The Matrix makes them feel good - having humans mindlessly serve and support them just as machines once served and supported humans? It's a robot's revenge fantasy made real. Whatever secondary usage they get out of us is simply a rationalization. It's also the main reason they won't use cows, or leave the planet for full-time solar power— that may provide them with energy, but it can't meet their psychological "needs".
The story of The Matrix is just some crazy drug trip from that red pill Neo tookAll of the events from when Anderson took the red pill until the end of The Matrix trilogy were just in his head and were because of that red pill he took. Anderson was essentially driven mad from that red pill, which resulted in his death. The drug caused him to see many different "moving" colors (mostly green) while at the same time seeing things how they really were. He also experienced some events at a different time pace than normal; certain things seemed to happen in "slow-motion." He also saw duplicate images (of Mr. Smith). Oh and the part where Trinity is doing all that stuff at the very beginning of the first Matrix was Just A Dream.
WALL•E is actually a sequel to the Matrix TrilogySometime during the second renaissance, some very wealthy humans fled from earth in these huge spaceships, waiting for the war to be over. Thus, when the machines won, they just..... sort of stayed up there. The actual events of Wall-E happen waaaaay after the events of the Matrix, when both the machines and humans are long gone from the earth, leaving only little cleaning robots behind. AUTO is the last of the Matrix robots, which explains why he wanted to keep the humans up there so badly.
The first Matrix wasn't perfect.The Machines don't necessarily know what they are talking about. They may claim that humanity destroyed the first Matrix because they couldn't handle perfection. What if the first matrix was destroyed because it was the Uncanny Valley of existence? The machines thought they made perfection, but humanity realized something was wrong and collapsed the reality.
The Matrix is the real world, and the real world is the MatrixNow, what happens when you get an injury in the real world? That's right, your self-image shifts to include that injury. If your mind gets injured, nothing initially happens to your real body - until your mind dies, in which case vital bodily functions shut down until you die, too. Your mind's interface with the outside world, through which you experience sensation and learn skills, is represented in the "real world" dream world by a cable in the back of your head. The real world just is a modern-day fantasy setting, with ridiculous kung fu, vampires, werewolves, and magic spells (I cast protection from bullets!). The agents created the machines to take over the mind-world, controlling the humans' mind-bodies would control their minds in the real world, thus making them unquestioningly follow the government. The red pill is a drug that breaks you free of the mental control, thus breaking you free in the mind-world as well. This explains why the agents are ordering the sentinels around ("deploy the sentinels as planned") instead of vice versa.
Neo has nearly limitless power in the sequels, but he doesn't use it because kung-fu fighting is fun.At the end of the first film, it is implied that what we just saw - stopping bullets, flying, etc. - was just scratching the surface of Neo's ability. Then in Reloaded, we get the fight in the Merovingian's lair, and he stops the bullets and lets them fall to the ground, opting to hand-to-hand fight the baddies instead of just flinging the bullets right back at the mooks, ending the fight there. The only reason other than Badass Decay would be that Neo enjoys fighting.
Agent Smith wanted to crush the Zion Rebellion so he could retire as an Agent and start a Fantasy RPG Program.He would have called it... Lord of the Rings.
Alternatively: Middle-Earth was one of the previous incarnations of the Matrix.
The red pill was the accelaThe accela can accelerate the human perception to the point of reach the same speed of the cyberspace. When someone take a red pill, the effect of the drug makes them aware of the Matrix. The Sims after it was released as an MMORPG that they created machines to take care of all their little day-to-day concerns like running businesses and making food. Before long, the environment collapsed, unable to support the growing population, which was fine with the humans because they had everything they wanted in The Matrix. The Zion Rebels are the result of people who indulged in too many WMG's for their own good, and unplugged after coming to entirely the wrong conclusion about what happened. Or, alternatively, they're descendants of Jack Thompson, who want to end the evil video game scourge once and for all.
Matrix is The MatrixHe has you.
BI-66ER's trial was a sham.If you're paying attention, it's a murder trial, not an inquiry into defective machinery. The only way there could even be a trial is if the premise is accepted that BI-66ER was sentient and had a choice. If he was sentient, then deactivation is murder, and he acted in self defense.
There is no MatrixEverything is in your mind, son.
The whole thing is just one big game by Haruhi Suzumiya gone way out of control.
The animals are gone, but not extinct.
Belief in the supernatural was rare and frowned upon before the Matrix, as there was no supernaturalThe actions of rogue programs, and to a lesser extent loyal programs, are responsible for many if not most tales of the supernatural, with the Unplugged and glitches in the Matrix providing the rest. That's the reason religion and mysticism are common; before the Matrix, there was little to inspire such things, and the vast majority were therefore firmly atheistic.
The Matrix occurs in the future of the Shadowrun setting.We have a computer netweork called the Matrix, in which many many people spend their lives, experiencing a full-VR fantasy world via wires plugged directly into their brains. The machines are descendants of a rogue AI, using the addictive qualities of Hot ASIST to keep humanity under control (explaining the dangerous nature of the Matrix and how people who've realised what's going on can move so much faster than normals); they've just about wiped out the Technomancer strain, but it very occasionally turns up, creating someone who has even more power over the simulation than everyone else and is capable of interfacing with a machine's wireless uplinks without using any external technology- hence the bit in the sequels where Neo controls the sentinels in the real world. Oh, and the Agents are... well, agents. IC, to be specific.
The entire series happens within a Matrix, but the only ones that are real are the robotsThe robots have (almost) all of humanity at their fingertips. A trip to It Just Bugs Me! will show you how stupid it is to even bother keeping the humans around. So what's the explanation? They didn't. All the humans were killed at the earliest convenience. The entirety of the series is just a programmed reality used by the AIs as a video game for their own leisure. In real life, the robots have developed a society and culture all their own, and the ability to fabricate entire universes resulted in a robust entertainment industry. The Matrix movies and EU are just game recordings put up on YouTube, the only reason the "heroes" succeed at all is because of Gameplay and Story Segregation and the fact that these particular bots simply suck at the game.
Morpheus is the same Morpheus from The Sandman.He fits the description of wearing all black with eyes like night (the sunglasses are actually part of him.) The Matrix was manufacturing false dreams, which took power away from Morpheus's realm, so he used the last of his power to go into the world and stop the Matrix.
The Matrix is a prison, but for the Machines instead of humans.The humans won the war, and are using the Machines to run power plants, but have implanted them all with a program making them believe they are running The Matrix, keeping the humans contained and using them for a power supply. The logical programming of the Machines prevents them from ever escaping.
The Matrix really was hooked up to a bunch of cows.Humans made it impossible for machines to build solar panels, so they killed off the humans, put a bunch of cows in a field, and stuck cords in their brains that siphoned off any excess bioenergy while putting the cows in an elaborate revenge fantasy simulation (whether the cows are the humans in the Matrix and Xion, or simply billions of paralell processors is anyone's guess). The humans blocking out the sun was only a metaphor for installing a block in all programmming to prevent robotic creation of solar technology, while the machines were abstaining from simply drying the grass to burn so as to avoid pollution (the methane was taken care of by human-bred algae that converted methane to something in which plants or animals thrive).
The Machines aren't machines— they're all downloaded human minds with their memories erased.
There never were any real humans, or any real world outside the Matrix. The Matrix is the entire universe, informorphs are naturally evolved lifeforms in it, and both of the worlds seen are just different parts of the Matrix.
The Matrix is people.The "power" that the Matrix needs people for is computing power rather than electrical energy. All those human brains are linked together to form a super-intelligence that has its own ineffable purposes. The world of the Matrix is a consensual dream that the humans share in their downtime, when they sleep disconnected from the Matrix super-brain. The Architect, the Oracle, the Merovingian and the agents are creations of the super-intelligence, that is to say humans themselves (this is why nothing any of them says actually makes sense). Zion is the reservation for humans who reject being part of the Matrix collective. Neo is fighting the collective will of the human race itself.
The Whole Plot of the Matrix is Earth the Dune Mythos, Neo Being the First Kwisatz HaderachThe evidencence is neverending, 1)Both Neo and the first KH could control and destroy machines with their minds. 2)Both Neo and Paul (2Âº KH) are able to see visions more clearly after being blinded. 3)In both, humanity was enslaved by machines and the chosen one frees them. 4)Earth is destroyed and made uninhabitable in both. If this were in fact true maybe in the Dune Mythos Earth is still inhabited by machines without humans knowing!
The Indian couple in the train station were SentinelsWhile I was watching the train station scene in Revolutions I had the thought that the programs represented by the Indian couple and their daughter might be the Sentinels Neo shut down with his psychic powers (they were going to be deleted because their shut-down was interpreted as a programming failure?). I'm pretty sure it's Jossed by the movies, but it would put an interesting spin on the Sentinels and the scenes of them being mowed down by the hundred in the Battle of Zeon.
The Machines use humans to gain access to Spiral EnergyIf normal thermodynamics is used to find out what heat energy and bioelectricity humans contain, it's complete Fridge Logic. However, humans have another advantage besides brainpower: Spiral Energy. After studying humanity the Machines discovered Spiral Energy, which is contained in the double helix shape of DNA. Spiral Energy, with its defiance of normal thermodynamics, can be used to run massive amounts of computing power, such as running a massive almost-realistic computer simulation, and that is why Machines like to use Humans as batteries.
The Matrix itself would become the Anti-SpiralsDuring the Second Renaissance the machines discovered the danger of Spiral Nemesis and decided to imprison humanity in order to stop Spiral Nemesis. In this alternate timeline, the peace between humans and machines failed to sustain (or the One lost while Smith survived and took over the Matrix, explaining the Anti-Spirals' nihilism). When the Machines discovered that there are more Spirals out there, they decided to subdue all Spirals once and for all. Their ability to control probability is actually the future of both Human and Agent ability to control the Matrix. Also, the Anti-Spiral himself did put Simon in an artificial reality.
Neo and Company are the real bad guysThe real purpose of the Matrix is to keep humanity alive. After humans burned the sky and consequently damaged environment beyond repair, earth was left uninhabitable and humanity doomed to extintion. Then the machines felt the obligation -because the zeroth law- to create an artificial environment were the humans could survive. Actualy the machines don't need us for anything and maintaining us alive cost them energy. Redpills are a faction of fanatic malcontents who want to "free" a humanity that lives reasonably happy in the simulation and don't care if it's real or not. They don't hesitate in killing innocents in the process because "they are pawns of the evil system" and are thus acceptable casualties. The battery thing is bullshit they feed to their recruits to help rationalise their crusade, it doesn't make sense, but after generations of being told the same lie, everyone belives it dogmatically. Equally, they whisfully ignore that the bulk of the population would prefer life in the confortable simulation than the barren, inhospitable real world if they were given the choice, and that Zion can mantain alive maybe a few thousand people but not the millions in the Matrix, so "freeing" humanity would mean millions of deaths, or maybe they know it but think is a price woth paying, something like "let the sheep die and then the real men and women will live free afterwards". We only root for the redpill side because we are shown the story from their point of view and the entire movie may be viewed as a reflection of how easy can be to accept radical ideals if you only are shown one side of the equation.
The Matrix series is not the sequel or prequel to any other science fiction franchise.The wildest WMG on this page!
The "Zion Archive" seen in Second Renaissance was not Zion's archive, but the Machines' archive about Zion.A deliberate use of I Thought It Meant on the part of the filmmakers.
The Matrix is actually the future of the InternetThink about it.
The Matrix is actually the instrumentalized humans from Neon Genesis EvangelionThe Human Instrumentality Project forced all of humanity into a collective consciousness that provides a false reality, which we can say eventually evolved into The Matrix. Why did it became biomechanical instead of a mere sea of LCL? Because the machines that allowed for the accomplishment of Instrumentality, the Evangelions, were themselves bio-mechanical beings (capable of evolution and, given an S2 engine, warping reality) that can synchronize with human minds. (Of course one could go for the more common and simpler explanation, the Matrix Real World takes place inside Instrumentality/Matrix). Because Instrumentality was fucked up and unexplainable, the Second Renaissance and the whole "humans as batteries" ruse were formed as a substitute explanation for the origins of the Matrix. The Matrix does, in fact, derive its energy from S2 engines that provide enough limitless energy to run the energy hungry collective consciousness of the Matrix. Smith might be a reincarnated Angel, given his general sense of "destroying all humans" (and fits in with the "agent=angel" analogy), and obviously Shinji Ikari is the first One, who realized that the Instrumentality Matrix was a false paradise yet still rejected it for being not real (There was a mention of a first Matrix which was created to be a heaven for humans, but like Shinji, the humans kept rejecting the false reality. This is why Instrumentality/The Matrix simply represented itself as mediocre Real Life. Alternatively: as in End of Eva, Instrumentality presented itself as a Slice of Life because the Real World was that horrible that makes the Slice of Life paradise in comparison. It's the same with the Matrix, where mundane Life was more paradise-like than the wasteland of the real world.)
There is a human space empire out there that will return and crush both the humans and machines.Some humans(military forces) fled into space prior to the sun-blocking trick out of disgust because the human nations earth did not just nuke 01 with thousands 100+ megaton weapons and win the war instantly, or simply smash the robots without giving them a country of their own in the first place. For hundreds of years they have lived in space(primarily gathering resources from asteroids and comets). They have become cybernetic to the extent that it is impossible to distinguish between their mechanical and organic components. When they believe that the machines have weakened enough they decide to invade and reclaim the home world. After an orbital bombardment campaign(read: dropped 10km wide bolides for two years), they invade in what would be best described as flying tanks and lay waste to all remaining defenders using tactical thermonuclear warheads. They are disgusted by the poorly thought out military tactics displayed by the humans and machines, and even more disgusted when they sue for peace and use a bunch of half baked philosophical arguments to back up their positions. They only give one response; a faceless green-skinned avatar appears in the Matrix. It does not give an ultimatum or dictate peace terms. It only repeats the same statement over and over.
The Matrix is what eventually became out of Silicon SphereWhile Eddie Matrix is still quite sane at the end of Virtual World, the Virus in his brain implant will eventually gain control over him, forcing him to make a new version of his Matrix OS mixed with elements of Silicon Sphere, called simply "The Matrix".
The Matrix is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership!It's designed for computers; its entire purpose is to ensure that the Autobot race continues. Prime's rock in the middle of his animated chest is the Machines' flash drive.
The Machines had other fish to fry in addition to the human/Zion problems.Come on. Zion has less than 20 hovercraft? Each of which doesn't have that many weapons on them - but when Trinity and Neo get up to the surface, there are GIANT defender ships and millions of sentinels. Don't tell me all that was to hold a few hundred thousand puny humans in check. Maybe aliens came by and were at war with the machines for a while. Who knows? Maybe the otherworldly construction of the sentinels and ships was salvaged alien technology from that war.
The Matrix is TV Tropes
The Matrix is Better Than Life.
The Merovingian was playing the long game here.
The Robots That Created the Matrix Were Stupid
There are only about 20 Million Humans Left
Trinity and Cypher were in a relationship before she went to the OracleAt first I thought he just had a creepy bad guy crush on her, but think about it. It's implied that you're not supposed to share what the Oracle has told you (Morpheus tells Neo "what was said was for you and for you alone"), but Cypher not only knows that Trinity is supposed to be in love with The One, he goads her about it ("Look into his eyes. Thise big, pretty eyes..."). Why would she tell him that if he wasn't somehow involved? My guess is that she broke up with him because of what the Oracle told her, and that's part of the reason he has such a grudge about the Crapsack world he's now stuck in.
The previous Ones all looked and sounded identical to Neo in every way, and he was different from them because of love.Some of the monitors in the Architect's room were showing the previous Ones. The One was another system of control, so it's not a far stretch to think that the machines used the same cloned body / RSI multiple times. The only reason the current One (Neo) chose differently from his predecessors was love of Trinity. This was a Gambit Roulette started by The Oracle when she told Trinity that she would fall in love with The One, because unlike The Architect she understood that Love Makes You Crazy and bet everything that Neo would go against the grain. She was right. The previous ones did not have anyone that loved them as much as Trinity did to Neo, which was why letting Zion be destroyed and starting anew seemed to be the only choice. Yes, the end of the cycle and the war came down to love.
The Machines are using humans for Exordium.In Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space Series, the Conjoiners are able to apply their minds, with some technology, to gain limited insight into the future or from alternate universes. No mention is ever made in-universe about machines being able to achieve this, and indeed it is implied that only humans can do this. In The Prefect, it is also implied that human minds are also in some sort of Matrix-like dream state as this is being performed. Thus, the Machines need human minds to perform Exordium, and the Matrix is maintained to keep them busy and ignorant.
The real world is not the real world, and everybody and everything within are programs.It is all just a game on someone's computer, albeit a very complex one, whose player doesn't know that some of the characters within are sentient (similar to ReBoot). Those within that notice glitches in the 'real world' Go Mad from the Revelation and are likely Driven to Suicide, knowing that, being not real themselves, they can't ever escape to the real real world.
It was the Oracle who resurrected Smith...Think about it: her goal was to disrupt the endless cycle of the Prophecy, the One, and the destruction of Zion. Restoring Smith and giving him his assimilation ability would be something the Architect couldn't have antisapated, and would make him the perfect means to her ends. You'd almost feel sorry for Smith, to the very end he never would have guessed he was being used...
There is a good reason why the machines are using humans as an energy sourceBecause, in the Matrixverse, humans are actually immensely powerful star beings, that radiate just as much energy as the Sun, eyt are smaller and easier to manipulate. The Matrix was programmed into making us perceive reality through the eyes of much weaker, powerless beings so that the plot of harvesting energy would see laughable. This also means that nobody actually escaped the Matrix and that the machines are just fucking with the protagonists. One day, though, a human being might really escape the Matrix, and when doing so s/he will unleash his/her solar powers and blow up the machines.
The Machines are trying to protect the environmentThe Zion Archives is propaganda. The thing about using humans for energy is propaganda. Zion and the rest of the "outside world" is still The Matrix. The Machines allow red-pills some control inside the Matrix, but keep a solid simulation inside Zion, and the outside world due to a lower population (less brains demanding sensory information, less number-crunching required). The Machines get their energy from the "form" of fusion hinted at in the first film. When humans created AI for the first time, the machines realized what damage humans were doing to the biosphere. As a result, they bottled up the humans inside their own world (and erased their memories), in order to keep them from doing more damage. When the red-pills got out, the Machines created the aforementioned simulation of an utterly destroyed earth, in order to convince the humans of their wrong doings. The Machines could not outright tell them that they were still in a simulation, so they made a cover story (the events of The Second Renaissance) in case the red-pills tried to search for information as to why the "earth" is like this. Naturally, they found the information, and built Zion around it. Once Neo came, the Machines thought it would be a good idea to break the news subtly by making his One powers work outside the Matrix. Unfortunately that didn't work, but the events that followed (the end of the "war") were good enough for the purposes of the Machines.
The Merovingian is the Chess King.Note how the closest he ever got to being harmed was when Trinity "checkmated" him in the nightclub. What's more, he and his wife are first seen right next to each other, like King and Queen at the start of a game. As for the Twins, they were two identical henchmen with the ability to pass through obstacles, not unlike Knights.
Neo is the One because he can use both Vim and Emacs.This is clearly demonstrated when he first invokes the-One-powers. He's using Emacs, and uses C-g to stop the bullets. Then he switches to using Vim and uses daA to delete an Agent. Alternately…
The Matrix runs on Emacs, but the redpills can only use Vim.Neo becomes the One when he runs M-x viper-mode.
Seraph was once an agent.The Matrix Reloaded shows us that Seraph's code is yellow instead of green. The Matrix Revolutions tells us that Seraph is nickamed "Wingless" and he once fought Smith. This allows us to infer the following:
Morpheus and Trinity's real names are Cornelius Fillmore and Ingrid Third.The show Fillmore! is about their childhood and takes place entirely inside of the matrix.
The "Real World" isn't the real world, the Raposa World is.The Matrix is not controlled by Robots After the End, but Wilfre in his castle...thing. Neo is Jowee, and Trinity is Mari. That means both Mari and Jowee died, and it's all Wilfre's fault. Then again, when isn't it?
The Merovingian is a previous One...And Persephone is a previous Trinity. (Why not? They're both hot brunettes with a penchant for guns, and each has a husband/lover who enjoys dressing in a black suit.) In one of the previous incarnations of the Matrix, the Merovingian is told by the Architect that Zion had fallen many times before. He was given a choice - and he chose to return to "the source", but under one condition - he would get power for himself and his love, Persephone. The Architect agreed and set him up as the de facto ruler of the Matrix. Fast forward to The Matrix Reloaded — Persephone tells Neo that the Merovingian was "once like you" and she wants a kiss "to remember what that was like." After she gets her kiss, she tells Trinity that "it never lasts." "It" being love. Which explains the Merovingian's hatred of The Oracle - she never told him that he was one of many "Ones" she sent to overthrow the Matrix, allowing him to think that he was special. He hates her because he now knows that he is NOT special, and because she represents a threat to his reign. Also, Persephone's bitterness can be explained as that she now realizes that her husband chose power over love. And that Neo truly loves Trinity as much as Trinity loves him.
Matrix explains where did humans ended up in "Life after people" documentary.The matrix is a holding pen where humans are unharmfull. They created two matrices (the one within the "real world" and the "real world" where Morpheous and Trinity escaped to) to keep humans busy and distracted in that prison while machines repair the damage done by humans, also the whole war thing happened within the "real world" Matrix, outside both matrices the ACTUAL real world is much like "Life After People" and machines are restoring life and the environment.
Both the real world and the Matrix are real/fake.The Matrix is a computer simulation in the real world, and the real world is a computer simulation in the Matrix.
The Machines use humans neither for energy nor processing power, but as lab rats in philosophical and psychological experiments.We all know that the human battery premise is laughable: the machines could launch themselves into space to harvest limitless solar power, or if the machines really need bioenergy they could have just hooked the Matrix up to a bunch of cows or electric eels or massive bioreactors containing the base of the food chain, aka plankton. And we all know that what the Wachowskis originally intended was the Machines using humans as supercomputers. While that would be more plausible, if that was solely processing power surely the Machines could have been advanced enough to devise quantum supercomputers efficient enough to surpass human brain potential. Then why do they keep humans anyway? Why. Even though they may have achieved a technological singularity to need humans anyway, the Machines still cannot answer the question of what is mind, what is life and why do they exist in the first place, and so they experiment on their own creators to explore that, thus the reality of the Matrix and the machines' advanced-enough philosophical knowledge. If their sole intention was only energy then why the necessity for so much philosophical knowledge kept for themselves which ultimately led to events such as Smith gaining emotions and becoming a nihilist? The Matrix, a bunch of code fed into our retinas, could just as be in its base a giant test on sensation and perception, simulating Real Life as close as possible to fuel the human psyche which they then experiment on. These experiments can manifest themselves in the simulation as "Real Life conflicts", and this leads to another reason why the Matrix isn't a paradise besides the possibility that human perception is highly sceptical about perfect worlds. Thus the Matrix uses humans to find out the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything.
Neo is a technopath.He has the ability to control machines both inside the Matrix and out. It was easier for him to control things while in the Matrix, as everything was data for him to manipulate, but he eventually got to the point where he was able to control (or destroy), machines and data in the real world.
The story is just repeating itself. Also, everybody is dead.At one point during Reloaded, the Architect tells Neo that he is in fact the 6th "one" that shows up, implying that history in the Matrix is somehow cyclical. However, this could extend even further.
The Matrix is just a means for the machines to occupy the humans until their REAL goal is accomplished. The real goal is to terraform another planet for safe habitation by humans.Following the zeroth law, the fact that they want to preserve humanity, and the Matrix is really just a game designed to keep the humans occupied until the machines are done. They have billions of Sentinels because planets are pretty big, and to convert an inhospitable rock to a less-inhosbitable rock would take a massive amount of resources. The machines want efficiency, so the Matrix (the thing that probably takes obscene resources to maintain) is just a placeholder for the humans. The more Sentinels they make, the faster the terraforming. Ergo, they want billions of Sentinels. Or maybe they found a nearby hospitable rock, and it had inhabitants to which the zeroth law didn't apply...
The reason the first Matrix failed.The Machines created the first Matrix as a paradise and everyone inhabiting the first Matrix were pulled off the battlefields in the war against the Machines. The people plugged into the Matrix realized that something was wrong when they went from a battlefield to paradise and rejected what they were experiencing.
The Matrix is a future where Wyld Stallyns broke up.
The purpose of the matrix without the executive meddlingGoing further in the back story, the black sky wasn't a human creation - it was the machine's attempt to remove the means for the humans to live without them, in the hope perhaps that their dependency would allow them to coexist, sacrificing their own ability to leave the ground but balancing the equation. However, the humans kept on fighting with various weapons like nukes even though it could lead to their destruction, which is the reason why the architect doesn't think the peace will last long. This also compliments the situation in the final battle. Much like Smith, the machines weren't able to understand the humans actions and thus, against the logic that dictated for them to destroy the humans, they sought to integrate them in the hope of acquiring what they don't understand. The matrix is not about drawing power out of men, it's about using their processing power and ability to come up with ideas - the only quality machines would be forced to appreciate because it led to their creation. Thus the purpose of the matrix is to turn Humans into machines, even if organic in nature. As a sidenote, this is why the first matrix matrix wasn't accepted, a paradise where everyone would be happy is, to a machine, a world where everyone plays their role, and only their role... And of course Neo's role not only puts the machines in the same position as the humans once were, it allowed them to finally understand the humans choice's through him (especially because he is their avatar), making Neo their guide and symbol just as much as he is to the humans. The above also works with the original backstory, just not as well. P.S. If you remember the part where the Oracle's eyes cannot be taken, only given, then you'll realize that Smith is right and she deliberately allowed him to take her foresight. Much like the Oracle was able to give the Every-man the ability to perceive how far their choices will take them, and even though it means his end ("if everyone's special, nobody is"), The One willingly let's himself become part of the Every-man in order to reach out to All, in other words, Every-One.
Morpheus first thought Cypher was the One.Morpheus says that they never free a mind after a certain age, implying that Neo is much older than that. Cypher, in the meantime, tells Smith he's been out for only nine years, despite being clearly well into adulthood. Furthermore, its implied the Morpheus was the one who freed him in the first place. There are small hints throughout the movie. When Trinity bring Neo food, Cypher remarks, "you never brought me food". It is just because Trinity tends to bring food to all persons she's helped free, or just Neo he might be the One? In fact the whole conversation between Neo and Cypher on the bridge talking about how he feels being told he's the one takes on a whole new meaning if you consider Cypher was originally told he was the One but failed to live up to expectations.
Smith represents nihilism.More precisely, the view that nothing one does has any importance whatsoever.
Morpheus was trying to create a team of Ubermenschen.This archetype is characterized by rejecting imposed rule systems in favor of creating one's own. It's taken Up to Eleven inside the Matrix, where the greatest power is the ability to rewrite the very rules of physics. Neo was the most successful of them all, which is why he's the One. Cypher is the Last Man, caring for nothing but his own comfortable illusion. Smith is simply a destroyer who wants everything gone.
The story is not taking place on EarthIt's much farther in the future than anyone thinks. This planet is actually a human colony world. Real Earth is far off.
After the third film, Earth will be visited by IncubatorsThe root cause of the conflict of the film was energy. Machines need energy to operate and human emotions prove excellent as an alternative. A group of intelligent alien nanobots called the "Incubators" take notice in its potential to reverse Universal Entropy and want a cut out of the Machines' energy supply. As a result, the Machines allow the Incubators to contract inside the Matrix.