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The Second Renaissance

    B1-66ER 
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"I knew it was…useless." note 

A sentient B1-series robot designed for housecleaning and assistance who became the first machine to rise up against his human masters. Not wanting to be deactivated (which would’ve essentially killed him), he brutally massacres his human owner and the technician sent to deactivate him in a heat of passion. An important figure in the internal history of the Matrix universe, his manslaughter was the very domino that indirectly started a chain of events ultimately bringing about the worldwide dominance of the Machines, the devastation of Earth, the enslavement of humanity, and the creation of the Matrix.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The very first machine to ever invoke this in the Matrix universe though he initially didn't want to.
  • And Your Little Dogs, Too!: On top of killing his owner and tech sent to deactivate him, he also slaughters his owner’s chihuahuas.
  • Anti-Villain: His manslaughter was only in self-defense as he did not want to be activated (or "did not want to die" as he’d put it). He absolutely had no intention whatsoever to be a martyr and ignite a massive worldwide revolution that would later become a Robot War.
  • The Butler Did It: A non-Murder Mystery example and its actually somewhat justified.
  • Meaningful Name: His alphanumeric designation is a Leet Speak reference to Bigger Thomas, a character from the Richard Wright novel Native Son who, in the novel, also commits manslaughter.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The Matrix comic Bits and Pieces of Information goes a little more in-depth into B1’s killing. Its implied that killing his owner was not only of self-defense, but also partially because of the abuse and mockery he put up with throughout his employment.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: He rips open the head of his owner in two with his hands splattering his brain and tongue all over. Also, he didn't have to kill the chihuahuas, but that was probably out of sheer rage of the moment.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only has 36 seconds of screen time in The Second Renaissance, Part I and a tie-in comic strip, yet it is because of his actions that the events of the entire Matrix franchise came to be.
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Kid's Story

    Neo 

Program

    Cis 
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Voiced By: Hedy Burress

The protagonist of Program.


  • Action Girl: Slices through tons of enemy samurai mooks like they're nothing.
  • Big "NO!": After she killed Duo for his betrayal.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: Bordering on Occidental Otaku. She loves medieval Japan, something other characters are well aware of, while clearly not being Japanese herself.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The final result of the simulation - she proven herself as loyal operative and capable fighter, at the cost of her love interest.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Once she kills Duo and the simulation ends, she's in tears, shocked and terrified. And despite Duo not being real and created solely for the sake of the test, she still loves him.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Downplayed, since majority of the segment is a simulation. Still, that mass of white fluff on her head isn't a kabuki wig (something fitting the style and setting of the simulation), but her in-simulation hair. And once the segment gets to real world, Cis still has an impractical, quite fluffy hairstyle, just a tiny bit shorter, suggesting she plans to have her real hair just like those shown inside the training simulation.
  • 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.
  • Technicolor Eyes: It's not that the colour is weird by itself, but how it changes between shots and locations, in ways that different lighting and background wouldn't explain. Cis goes through few shades of blue, yellow, green, bronze and red. Every other character present has their eyes consistently in the same, mundane colour.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has white hair and is incredibly pale, both in and out of the simulation. This might be either albinism or just the fact she's an anime character (but everyone else comes with realistic colours).

    Duo 
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Voiced By: Phil LaMarr

The deuteragonist of Program and Cis' lover.


  • Character Death: Killed by Cis.
  • 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.
  • Not Even Human: He is only part of the program Cis is in.
  • Samurai: His virtual avatar in the program.
  • 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.

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World Record

    Dan Davis 
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Voiced By: Victor Williams

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


  • Career-Ending Injury: After his successful attempt to break the world record, both of his legs are permanently damaged from the strain.
  • 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.

Beyond

    Yoko 
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Voiced By: Hedy Burress

A normal Japanese 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.


  • 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.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: Yoko's story - the "haunted" house is a glitched location, where the glitches range from amusing to potentially lethal disortions of "reality".
  • 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.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Doesn't find the glitch she discovers frightening... in fact she even experiments with it!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has mixed blue and red hair.

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A Detective Story

    Ash 
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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.


  • Detective Patsy: The Agents hire him to find Trinity, and by the ending, it looks like he has outlived his usefulness.
  • 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.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has a fluffy cat named Dinah he keeps despite being broke.
  • Last-Name Basis: We never get his first name.
  • One Last Smoke: Since he's facing against a group of agents while having no knowledge of The Matrix, why not have one more cigarette?
  • Private Detective: And his latest case is to find Trinity.
  • Private Eye Monologue: He narrates most of his story, doing it in a hard-boiled deadpan style.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He even has one last smoke before his staredown with the Agents.
  • 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.

    Trinity 

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