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* DeaderThanDisco: Went from a red hot new franchise to stone cold dead within a decade. While the first movie is still considered a sci-fi classic, the divisive reception to the sequels and tie-in media, along with the [[FollowTheLeader army of imitators]] the films spawned made the public tire quickly of the films and their stylistic elements. Even jokes about the Matrix tend to be met with scorn today, and tropes it helped to popularize, like BulletTime, are [[DeadHorseTrope difficult to take seriously now]].


* ValuesDissonance: The movie reeks of Generation X values of rebellion against authority, preferring harsh truths to comforting lies, and a desire for freedom and to be treated as adults. However, to Millennials, who tend to prefer deference to authority, feeling secure and safe at all times, and being taken care of and guided by those in power, the human resistance comes off as pointless, or sees them as terrorists disrupting the nice, safe world of the Matrix provided by the benevolent Machine overlords who are, after all, taking care of humanity.

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* %%* ValuesDissonance: The movie reeks of Generation X values of rebellion against authority, preferring harsh truths to comforting lies, and a desire for freedom and to be treated as adults. However, to Millennials, who tend to prefer deference to authority, feeling secure and safe at all times, and being taken care of and guided by those in power, the human resistance comes off as pointless, or sees them as terrorists disrupting the nice, safe world of the Matrix provided by the benevolent Machine overlords who are, after all, taking care of humanity.



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* ValuesDissonance: The movie reeks of Generation X values of rebellion against authority, preferring harsh truths to comforting lies, and a desire for freedom and to be treated as adults. However, to Millennials, who tend to prefer deference to authority, feeling secure and safe at all times, and being taken care of and guided by those in power, the human resistance comes off as pointless, or sees them as terrorists disrupting the nice, safe world of the Matrix provided by the benevolent Machine overlords who are, after all, taking care of humanity.


* MagnificentBastard: Subverted with the Merovingian, who would like to be this trope very, very much but finds himself outmatched in the end.


** In Internet culture, someone who holds to a specific ideology (be it religious or political) is said to have been "red pilled" if they have seen sufficient evidence or statistics that cause them to doubt, question or altogether disown that ideology. The documentary "The Red Pill" is a high profile case of this happening in real life.

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** %%** In Internet culture, someone who holds to a specific ideology (be it religious or political) is said to have been "red pilled" if they have seen sufficient evidence or statistics that cause them to doubt, question or altogether disown that ideology. The documentary "The Red Pill" is a high profile case of this happening in real life.


** The term "Red Pill" has been appropriated by many societies on the Internet and forms the title of a subreddit, where the subject of coming to certain realisations about one's ideologies is discussed at great length.

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* DeaderThanDisco: Went from a red hot new franchise to stone cold dead within a decade. While the first movie is still considered a sci-fi classic, the divisive reception to the sequels and tie-in media, along with the [[FollowTheLeader army of imitators]] the films spawned made the public tire quickly of the films and their stylistic elements. Even jokes about the Matrix tend to be met with scorn today, and tropes it helped to popularize, like BulletTime, are [[DeadHorseTrope difficult to take seriously now]].


* The first Matrix movie has Neo's license expiring on SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.



* HarsherInHindsight[=/=]HeartwarmingInHindsight: A decidedly bittersweet mixture of both - Lana Wachowski revealed years later that during her younger years struggling to figure out her gender identity, she once seriously considered committing suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. This naturally lends a ''ton'' of context to the film's iconic subway fight, which ends with toxic authority figure Agent Smith trying to force Neo to get run over by a train and using his birth name, to which he retorts "My name is ''Neo''!" and escapes.

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* HarsherInHindsight[=/=]HeartwarmingInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight: A decidedly bittersweet mixture of both this and HeartwarmingInHindsight - Lana Wachowski revealed years later that during her younger years struggling to figure out her gender identity, she once seriously considered committing suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. This naturally lends a ''ton'' of context to the film's iconic subway fight, which ends with toxic authority figure Agent Smith trying to force Neo to get run over by a train and using his birth name, to which he retorts "My name is ''Neo''!" and escapes.escapes.
** The expiration date on Neo's license is '''SEPTEMBER 11, 2001'''.

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* The first Matrix movie has Neo's license expiring on SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.


** Elements like characters wearing black [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] and SunglassesAtNight, fighting with fancy wire-fu, and making BulletTime dodges are associated with nothing other than ''Matrix'' in popular culture, but all of them were actually popularized by the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film a year before.

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** Elements like characters wearing black [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] and SunglassesAtNight, fighting CoolShades who fight with fancy wire-fu, WireFu and making BulletTime dodges are associated with nothing other than ''Matrix'' in popular culture, but all of them were actually popularized by the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film a year before.


* OlderThanTheyThink: Revolutionary as the series (or perhaps only the first film) was, these movies owe a lot to classic cyberpunk, anime, fantasy and biblical lore. Many people think ''Film/TheMatrix'' invented WireFu, even though the technique has been used in countless martial arts films decades before the film was made.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: OlderThanTheyThink:
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Revolutionary as the series (or perhaps only the first film) was, these movies owe a lot to classic cyberpunk, anime, fantasy and biblical lore. Many people think ''Film/TheMatrix'' invented WireFu, even though the technique has been used in countless martial arts films decades before the film was made.


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** Elements like characters wearing black [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]] and SunglassesAtNight, fighting with fancy wire-fu, and making BulletTime dodges are associated with nothing other than ''Matrix'' in popular culture, but all of them were actually popularized by the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film a year before.


%%* EvilIsCool: The Sentinels.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The sequels, to some. ''Online'' to several. ''The Animatrix'' fared better with fans.

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%%* EvilIsCool: The Sentinels.
Sentinels and the agents.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The sequels, to some. ''Online'' ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'' to several. ''The Animatrix'' ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' fared better with fans.



** The fate of the ''Vigilant'' crew in ''Reloaded'' is straight out of ''Film/FinalDestination.''

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** The fate of the ''Vigilant'' crew in ''Reloaded'' ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' is straight out of ''Film/FinalDestination.''



* OlderThanTheyThink: Revolutionary as the series (or perhaps only the first film) was, these movies owe a lot to classic cyberpunk, anime, fantasy and biblical lore. Many people think ''The Matrix'' invented WireFu, even though the technique has been used in countless martial arts films decades before the film was made.
** The idea of The Matrix as well, being a modern/SciFi update of Descartes's Demon, [[PlatonicCave The Allegory of The Cave]], Vedic notions of Maya, '''et cetera'''. Which had been a staple of sci-fi for decades, including the movie ''Film/DarkCity'', which came out just before The Matrix.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: Revolutionary as the series (or perhaps only the first film) was, these movies owe a lot to classic cyberpunk, anime, fantasy and biblical lore. Many people think ''The Matrix'' ''Film/TheMatrix'' invented WireFu, even though the technique has been used in countless martial arts films decades before the film was made.
** The idea of The Matrix as well, being a modern/SciFi update of Descartes's Demon, [[PlatonicCave The Allegory of The Cave]], Vedic notions of Maya, '''et cetera'''. Which had been a staple of sci-fi for decades, including the movie ''Film/DarkCity'', which came out just before The Matrix.''Film/TheMatrix.''



* FirstInstallmentWins: The first film is a classic of its kind. The sequels (especially the third film) tend to land in FanonDiscontinuity, though they're certainly not without their fans.

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* FirstInstallmentWins: The first film is a classic of its kind. The sequels [[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions (especially the third film) film)]] tend to land in FanonDiscontinuity, though they're certainly not without their fans.


* CriticalDissonance: You would be forgiven for thinking everyone who saw both ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' sequels loathed them even though they both turned profits during their respective theatrical runs. But while ''[[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions Revolutions]]''' significantly lower gross lines up with its critical 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 47 on Metacritic,[[note]]Users of those sites give it 60% and 4.7/10 respectively, plus a 6.7/10 on [=IMDb=].[[/note]] ''[[Film/TheMatrixReloaded Reloaded]]'' actually got ''mixed to positive'' reviews (73% on Rotten Tomatoes, 62 on Metacritic[[note]]And fans gave it 72% and 6.9/10 respectively, plus a 7.2/10 on [=IMDb=].[[/note]]).

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* CriticalDissonance: You would be forgiven for thinking everyone who saw both ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' sequels loathed them even though they both turned profits during their respective theatrical runs. But while ''[[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions Revolutions]]''' Revolutions]]'' significantly lower gross lines up with its critical 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 47 on Metacritic,[[note]]Users of those sites give it 60% and 4.7/10 respectively, plus a 6.7/10 on [=IMDb=].[[/note]] ''[[Film/TheMatrixReloaded Reloaded]]'' actually got ''mixed to positive'' reviews (73% on Rotten Tomatoes, 62 on Metacritic[[note]]And fans gave it 72% and 6.9/10 respectively, plus a 7.2/10 on [=IMDb=].[[/note]]).


* FanonDiscontinuity: The sequels, to some, ''Online'' to several. ''The Animatrix'' fair better with fans.

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The sequels, to some, some. ''Online'' to several. ''The Animatrix'' fair fared better with fans.


** Quotes like "There is no spoon." and [[DullSurprise "Whoa."]] made up some early Internet memes, being pretty prominent among image macros, gifs and parodies in the early to mid-2000's.



%%** "There is no spoon."



%%** "[[DullSurprise Whoa.]]"

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