The characters inhabiting Zion, humanity's homebase against the machines.
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. Along with Ghost, she's one of the main characters of the video game Enter the Matrix.
- 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!
- Action Girl: So action-y that she even stars in a Matrix video game!
- Badass Normal: An ace-pilot and can hold her own against Agents when necessary despite not being the one.
- The Captain: Runs the Logos.
- Cool Shades: A Matrix trademark.
- Deadpan Snarker: Blunt and sarcastic, especially when under duress.
- Sassy Black Woman: Very sassy, especially against Morpheus and Locke.
- 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.
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. Along with Niobe, he's one of the main characters of the video game Enter the Matrix.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Ghost's love for Trinity is unrequited due to the latter being in love with Neo.
- Badass Normal: Despite not being connected to the Prophecy, he's still talented enough to be the best gunner in Zion outside of the Matrix, and inside of the Matrix is one of the few to have ever killed an Agent. In Enter the Matrix he has survived encounters with the Merovingian's thugs and fought Seraph.
- Cool Shades: A Matrix trademark.
- The Gunslinger: He's known as the best gunner in Zion and he shoots like nobody's business in the Matrix.
- Like Brother and Sister: Ghost and Trinity see each other as siblings of sort since they were freed from the Matrix on the same day; despite his continued feelings for Trinity, Ghost noted that he felt free when he learned that Trinity would only ever see him as a brother.
- Number Two: To Niobe.
- Warrior Poet: The Wachowskis described him as an "ascetic Buddhist killer". A student of philosophy, he quotes and/or refers to Hume, William James, Nietzsche and especially Kierkegaard.
Commander Jason Locke
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.
- 0% Approval Rating: He was at odds with not only the Zion Council when managing the defenses, but with some errant ship captains, especially Morpheus. He appears to be bureaucratic, taciturn, unimaginative, and uncharismatic; as a result, he is not highly respected by either his subordinates or by the Council. Because of this, many hovercraft crews and even some captains derisively refer to him as "Deadbolt" behind his back.
- The Brigadier: He strongly disbelieves in Morpheus' belief in the Oracle's prophecy.
- The Chains of Commanding: He answers to the council, but he sees the survival of every human in the city as his responsibility. As the Sentinels dig closer and closer, it becomes a heavier burden and makes him pretty testy.
- Four-Star Badass: He didn't get to that rank by luck or schmoozing; he kicks some machine butt in the real world.
- General Failure: Surprisingly Averted: the Mjolnir crew explain that Locke analyzed the path the Machine army was going to dig through, and noticed that heavy iron deposits would force them through a choke point, so he ordered a counter-attack on that location before they even got to Zion. The Mjolnir crew admit that it was actually a good tactical plan - or at least, the best under the circumstances. It might have even done a lot of damage...if Bane hadn't sabotaged the fleet by setting off an EMP before they could even carry it out.
- 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...
- Hot-Blooded: Given that his job is to keep people alive and he's failing, its understandable why he swears a lot.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite having a humorless personality to the point that people call him "Deadbolt" behind his back, Locke genuinely wants to protect Zion. He just has no tolerance for Morpheus' ways and can't understand why the Council keeps supporting him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Morpheus is right that they need to talk to the Oracle, Locke is also right to chew out a subordinate for circumventing explicit orders.
- That's an Order!: Often uses this to get his commands understood.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: Mifune's army consists of armoured personnel unit machines.
- Battle Cry: "KNUCKLE UP!" *the APUs all arm their cannons and assume a firing stance* "FOR ZION!!!" *everyone opens fire on the Sentinels*
- The Captain: Mifune leads the APU squadrons, while Locke oversees the overall defense operation.
- Character Death: He is killed during the Machine army's assault on Zion.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: He ends up swamped by the swarm of Sentinels, and dies with his face sliced and diced.
- Number Two: To Captain Locke.
- Passing the Torch: To Kid to open Zion's doors for the Hammer to arrive.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is generally much more accepting of how Morpheus bends or outright breaks the rules. He greatly prefers keeping the peace among the ranks than rocking the boat.
- 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!"
- Shouting Shooter: He shouts at the machines as he's Shooting the Swarm of them after they managed to overwhelm the defenses of Zion.
Councilor Harmman, Councilor Dillard, Councilor West, Councilor Grace, various others.
- Played By: Anthony Zerbe, Robyn Nevin, Cornel West, Francine Bell.
- Ascended Extra: Councilor Grace is a background character in the second movie but has a few lines in the third one.
- Badass Beard: Councilor West, who is the first one to suggest sending ships to accompany the Nebuchanezzer. One of the silent members also has a long beard.
- Big Good: A conglomerate of them, controlling the resistance against the machines, with Dillard and Harmann seeming to have the most authority.
- Brutal Honesty: After Lock declares that if it was up to him, he'd have even the women and children of Zion armed and ready to face the machines, Dillard doesn't hesitate to tell him what she thinks of that.Dillard: Perhaps it is best that it's not up to you.
- Cool Crown: Dillard wears a hairpiece resembling one.
- Cool Old Guy: None of them are young, but Harmman is seemingly the oldest and has a familiar, insightful discussion with Neo pointing out how they need (non robotic) machines in Zion and couldn't survive without them, seemingly wondering if the same is true of the humans The Matrix needs to keep inside.
- Cool Old Lady: Dillard is one of the more outspoken members of the council, and voices many of their more balanced and reasonable suggestions and orders.
- Cosmopolitan Council: The council is evenly divided between men and women. six of them are black, three are white members, two are oriental, and the last member is Ambiguously Brown.
- The Danza: Councilor West has the same last name as his actor.
- Darkest Hour: Their sense of optimism is clearly shaken by the first wave of machines attacking the city and nearly wiping out their defenses.
- Nice Guy: All of them are fairly supportive of Zion's forces, and Hamman provides a bit of sage wisdom to Neo.Harmman: There is so much in this world that I do not understand. See that machine? It has something to do with recycling our water supply. I have absolutely no idea how it works. But I do understand the reason for it to work. I have absolutely no idea how you are able to do some of the things you do, but I believe there's a reason for that as well. I only hope we understand that reason before it's too late.
- Quality over Quantity: Harmann tells Locke that their survival depends more than on how many ships they have.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: They give Morpheus what he needs to succeed against the Matrix, believe in Neo, support the various strategies and are willing to take bad news gracefully and then consider the best way to handle it. When they want ships sent to help the Nebuchanezzer, they force Lock to let his captains choose for themselves but don't order anyone to go, merely requesting volunteers.
- Self-Made Man: Harmann spent the first eleven years of his life as a redpill but has since risen up to be the head of the council.
- That's an Order!: When Lock snarls that he wishes he was able to comprehend the Council's decision to expend such recourses on Neo, West replies;West: Comprehension is not a requisite of cooperation.
The Kid/Michael Karl Popper
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.
- Canon Immigrant: From The Animatrix ("Kid's Story" short).
- 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.
- I Owe You My Life: Is completely devoted to Neo for freeing him for the Matrix and lives to make him happy (and, by extension, the rest of the crew). Neo finds it somewhat annoying, but Trinity reminds him about what they say about saving someone's life.
- 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...
- This Is Gonna Suck: Played for laughs. He greets the crew upon their return to Zion (as he has apparently many times before), prompting Neo to mutter, "Oh, no."
- 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.
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.
- Character Death: He is killed when Neo decapitates him with a pipe.
- Demonic Possession: Smith overwrites Bane's Matrix-self and then takes over Bane in the real world through the broadcast connection.
- FaceHeel 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; if anything, 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.
- Sole Survivor: After he sabotages the counterattack. The Sentinels slaughter those aboard the five downed ships but spare him, presumably because they can tell who's on the inside.
- 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.
Captain of the Mjölnir, Roland is a grouchy and cynical man who disbelieves in the One and Neo's ability to stop the war.
- Agent Scully: Much like Locke, he's skeptical about the prophecy and the One.
- Ascended Extra: In The Matrix Reloaded, he only appears in the opening and ending scenes. He becomes a supporting character in the third film.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a trim business jacket inside the matrix.
- The Captain: He's the leader of the Mjölnir.
- The Cynic: He has absolutely no hope for Neo and his supposed ability to end the war.
- Grumpy Bear: Very cynical despite what everyone else thinks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be apathetic and rude to everyone, but he does cares for his crew.
- Verbal Tic: He has a tendency to say "Goddamn" a lot.
Zee's partner and marksman
- Bald of Awesome: Has a crewcut haircut and does a good job fighting the Machines.
Link's wife, and Tank and Dozer's sister.
- Awesome by Analysis: Quickly realizes that the machines digging will let them bypass Zion's surface defenses.
- Bald of Awesome: A bald-headed man whose one of the most reliable and determined of the hovercraft captains.
- For Want of a Nail: a literal nail coming lose on his ship causes the crewmen who didn't go into the Matrix to fall off and die before they can move the Vigilant once the machines spot it, making it a sitting duck.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather motorcycle jacket inside the Matrix.
- Jumped at the Call: Volunteers to go and aide the Nebuchanezzer when the council asks for volunteers even before Niobe does.
- Meaningful Name: The name of the character, together with the name of the actor, make up the name of 19th century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
- Badass Beard: An experiences hovercraft captain with a beard across his face.
- Because It Amused Me: Cites this as the reason he'll stay behind in the Matrix to await a message from the Oracle despite it being contrary to Lock's orders.Ballard: "Goddamn it, Morpheus, you ain't never gonna change. Shit, I'll do it just to see what Deadbolt does to you. You got thirty-six hours."
- Cool Shades: Like many of the redpills, he wears some.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Along with most to all of the others, when Bane (in the body of one of his crewmen) sets of an EMP that makes them easy pickings for the machines, offscreen.
- Refusal of the Call: He stays silent when the Council asks for ships to go and join the Nebuchanezzer in the Matrix.
- Cool Shades: Wears sunglasses inside the Matrix.
- Curse Cut Short: Upon hearing that the machines are digging to Zion, he utters "Mother-" before being cut off by a question from Soren.
- Uncertain Doom: Only five ships were downed by the EMP and his might not have been one of them, but it's unclear if any of the three that weren't fried besides Roland and the Mjolnir escaped the machines anyway.
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.
ColtFirst mate of the Mjolnir
- Number Two: To Roland.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hair is mostly cut.
- Nice Girl: Its subtle, but when Morpheus apologizes to being tardy, and says it's hard finding a secure place to plug in, she does agree that the tunnels are crawling with sentinel patrols.
- Oh, Crap!: Shows visible trepidation upon hearing how many machines are heading to Zion.
- Uncertain Doom: Like most of the hovercraft captains besides Morpheus, Niobe, Ballard and Soren.
- Tempting Fate: After escaping the Agents and reaching a telephone, he and Bane take a moment to let out exclamations of relief, then Bane gets infected by Agent Smith right after Malachi has gotten out of the matrix via the telephone.
- Those Two Guys: With Bane, before he's taken by Smith.
- Uncertain Doom: Considering that his speciality was mission inside of the matrix and they were preparing for ship to ship combat, It's unconfirmed as to whether he accompanied the Cacaedus on the mission where Bane destroyed it, but seems fairly likely.
Wurm and Corrupt
- Lovable Coward: Shows a lot of this in the video games.
- Uncertain Doom: One of the many hovercraft captains who is probably, but not explicitly, left helpless and then killed by the machines.