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From left to right: Agents Brown, Smith, and Jones

Agents are a group of characters in the Matrix series. They are sentient intelligent agents within the computer-generated world of the Matrix, guarding it from anyone or anything that could reveal it as a false reality. Agents also hunt down and terminate any rogue programs, such as The Keymaker, which no longer serve a purpose to the overall Machine collective. They appear physically human, but it becomes apparent after observing them for only short periods that they are not. They have a tendency to speak and act in highly mechanistic ways. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Agents Brown, Smith, and Jones; from The Matrix. ... Image File history File links Agents Brown, Smith, and Jones; from The Matrix. ... Movie poster for The Matrix Revolutions, featuring the various copies of Agent Smith. ... The Matrix series consists primarily of three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Bold text[[Link title]] “AI” redirects here. ... Simple reflex agent Learning agent The terms agent and intelligent agent are ambiguous and have been used in two different, but related senses, which are often confused. ... The Matrix is the virtual reality simulation that is the main setting of The Matrix series of science fiction films, comic books and video games. ... Spoiler warning: In the movie The Matrix Reloaded, The Keymaker is a computer program taking the form of an older Asian man (portrayed by Randall Duk Kim) imprisoned by The Merovingian. ...

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Physical aspects (including appearance)

Agents wear dark green business suits, lined with a yellow material, black dress shoes, square sunglasses with a red tint, and a communication earpiece to inform them of any disturbances within the system. These features are copied from the attire for plainclothes agents of the United States Secret Service, which investigates computer fraud in the US, as well as those of the Men in Black conspiracy. Matrix Agents carry Magnum Research/Israeli Military Industries Desert Eagle handguns chambered for .50AE ammunition in shoulder holsters that are concealed beneath their suits. In addition to proficiency in the use of firearms, all Agents are masters of the martial arts and hand-to-hand combat. Their weapon accuracy is extremely high, so they do not miss often. Suits from the 1937 Chicago Woolen Mills catalog A suit, with varieties such as a business suit, three-piece suit, lounge suit or two-piece suit , comprises a collection of matching clothing consisting of: a coat (commonly known as a jacket) a waistcoat (optional) (USA vest) — without this it is... Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (RB2132 901L) Sunglasses are a visual aid, variously termed spectacles or glasses, which feature lenses that are coloured or darkened to prevent strong light from reaching the eyes. ... For other uses, see Red (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Headphones (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Counter Assault Team. ... This article is about alleged secretive government departments. ... The Desert Eagle is a large calibre gas-operated semi-automatic pistol manufactured in Israel by IMI (Israel Military Industries) for Magnum Research, Inc. ... A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ... The . ... A Glock 22 hand-held firearm with internal laser sight and mounted flashlight, surrounded by hollowpoint ammunition. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...


Agents are programmed to be extremely agile, allowing them to perform superhuman feats such as leaping incredible distances. They can briefly move at speeds fast enough to dodge bullets from a gun, at least in most circumstances; a shot from a gun in contact with the Agent will hit its mark, and they can't dodge rapid-fire such as that from a 7.62x51 mm NATO GE “Minigun” 6-barreled machine gun. They also seem to be impervious to or have an extremely high tolerance to pain, as shown when Neo fires the minigun and several bullets rip through one agents arm, him showing no notice or care about it until one bullet finds it way to his head and then he dies, transforming back into a SWAT team member he was inhabiting. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A helicopter-mounted minigun operating during the Vietnam War The Minigun is a multibarreled machine gun with a high rate of fire (several thousand rounds per minute), employing Gatling-style rotating barrels and employing an external power source. ...


Agents also have superhuman strength. One is observed tearing a car's roof off with one hand, and they can also generate enough power in their punches and kicks to punch through solid concrete. Agents also seem significantly less fazed by punches and kicks than a normal human being would be, although a sufficiently strong attack to a vital body area can still stagger them. This article is about the construction material. ...


Agents do not seem to have bodies of their own in the Matrix; instead they gain physical form by taking over humans in pods directly connected to the Matrix (Zion rebels broadcasting from hovercrafts are not susceptible to possession). When this host has served its purpose, they can possess someone else (leaving the person somewhat disoriented, as demonstrated in one of the Matrix comics [1] as well as Enter The Matrix. Even if the host is killed, they can simply transfer themselves into another body to continue their operations. Thus, even on the rare occasion that Zion rebels are actually able to "kill" an Agent, they only destroy the body it is in, and the Agent-program will "body-hop" to a new human host nearby. This makes heavily populated areas of the Matrix extremely dangerous, because anyone in the surroundings could be overwritten by an Agent (i.e. marketplaces, the freeway). Example of an avatar as used on internet forums. ... The Matrix Comics is a collection of short comics set in the fictional universe of the Matrix series. ...


Known Agents

Here is a list of known agents:

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Interaction with Zion infiltrators

All these abilities make Agents extremely dangerous opponents and it is impossible to permanently eliminate them. All Zion hovercraft crewmembers know that upon encountering one they should simply run away and try to escape not only from the Agent but from all nearby humans who could be potential hosts. According to Morpheus, in the time before Neo was freed from the Matrix every human that had stood their ground against an Agent was killed. Morpheus and Neo had fought Agent Smith in the first movie of the trilogy, and both were defeated by Smith, but were not killed. Once Neo could harness his abilities as the One, Agents posed no threat to him, and he could defeat a trio of Agents with ease. It is implied in the game Enter the Matrix that one of the main reasons for Neo being able to defeat Agents was his ability to focus enough to move quickly for far longer periods than normal rebels. In Enter the Matrix, this is the main cause of a player character's difficulty in fighting Agents, since when the player is outside bullet time the Agents are able to dodge and counter all hand-to-hand attacks. Morpheus in The Matrix Revolutions Morpheus as he styled himself in The Matrix Reloaded Morpheus is the name of a fictional character (played by Laurence Fishburne) in the science fiction films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Neo is the name of the central fictional character from the movie The Matrix and its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Enter the Matrix is the first video game based on the Matrix series. ...


Morpheus has been fortunate enough to stand against two Agents (Smith and Johnson) during the trilogy and live to tell the tale, though he was defeated soundly by Smith (who was probably limiting the lethality of his attacks, as he wanted to capture the high-ranking infiltrator alive), and only overcame Johnson due to the nature of the encounter-the top of a speeding semi. Morpheus did not need to wear down his opponent, he merely needed to fling him from the speeding vehicle. Even so, he nearly suffered that fate himself, and was only given the chance to turn the tables by the unexpected arrival of Niobe on the scene.


Niobe has defeated an Agent, but like Morpheus, there were extenuating circumstances-the encounter took place onboard a cargo plane in the skies above the MegaCity. Niobe lowered the rear cargo ramp and knocked Agent Johnson from the plane. Niobe Niobe (played by actress Jada Pinkett Smith) is the captain of the Logos in the video game Enter the Matrix and the two feature films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ...


Ghost has also defeated a single Agent during a raid on a nuclear power plant-again by making use of unique circumstances of the encounter. Agent Johnson challenged him in the control room of the plant-he then damaged one of the high-voltage servers with small arms fire and threw his opponent into it, electrocuting him. Many fictional characters appear in the Matrix series. ... In information technology, a server is an application or device that performs services for connected clients as part of a client-server architecture. ...


Agents Jones and Brown

Agents Jones and Brown are credited as Agent Smith's "sidekicks" in the first Matrix movie. Smith appears to be the leader of their Agent unit. He is seen giving them orders (such as "Find them and destroy them!") which they obey. It should be noted, though, that Smith himself is given orders (or at least a forceful suggestion) by Jones at least once ("order the strike"). It also appears to be some resentment or disagreement between the three at times in the first movie.


In The Matrix Agent Brown is played by Paul Goddard, while Agent Jones is played by Robert Taylor. This article is about the 1999 film. ... Paul Goddard is a British-born, Australia-based actor. ... Robert Taylor is an Australian actor. ...


There is little character development for either Jones or Brown in the movies, and they don't take part in the sequels. They are mostly silent but brutal accomplices to Smith.


Brown's significant scenes include chasing Trinity across the rooftops in the opening sequence. He attempts to shoot her but misses several times. Brown is also present in the scene where Morpheus is interrogated, injecting a truth serum into Morpheus's neck. Brown is ordered by Smith to check Neo for life signs after Smith has shot Neo: Brown pronounces Neo dead. He is last seen fleeing from Neo along with Jones after Smith's destruction.


Jones is less prominent than Brown in the first movie, though he shoots and almost succeeds in killing Neo. He stands above the stricken Neo, uttering the line "Only human," before being shot himself by Trinity. From this it seems Jones holds humanity in the same contempt as Smith. Jones is seen holding Brown back when Neo is about to destroy Smith in the end of the film, and he is last seen running away from Neo, along with Brown.


In the movie, Jones and Brown seem to exist only as thuggish assistants to Smith, for instance holding Neo down so Smith can insert a probe through his navel.


Brown and Jones continue their operation as Agents, and are seen occasionally in The Matrix Online. The Matrix Online (MxO) is an MMORPG developed by Monolith Productions. ...


Upgraded Agents

Upgraded Agents from The Matrix Reloaded. From left to right: Agents Jackson, Johnson, and Thompson

The Agents use very plain, common, usually Anglo-Saxon names to avoid drawing attention to themselves. In The Matrix, Agents Smith, Brown, and Jones appeared; Jackson, Johnson and Thompson, three new physically larger and more powerful Agents with upgraded abilities, including being able to actually block minimum blows from Neo along with faster speeds and enhanced strength, were introduced in The Matrix Reloaded. In The Matrix: Path of Neo the upgraded Agents recover from violent physical injuries in a relatively short time. However, the enhanced physical prowess of the Upgraded Agents may have come at the cost of some degree of intelligence-Agent Johnson is defeated three times before the trilogy is complete, as well as their weapon accuracy being reduced. And on top of that, despite their enhancements, the fully enlightened (and unarmed) Neo is still able to defeat them with ease. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x540, 267 KB)Agents Thompson, Johnson, and Jackson; from The Matrix Reloaded. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x540, 267 KB)Agents Thompson, Johnson, and Jackson; from The Matrix Reloaded. ... List of artificial characters in The Matrix series of films. ... Old English (also called Anglo-Penis[1], Englisc by its speakers) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ... This article is about the 1999 film. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. ... List of artificial characters in The Matrix series of films. ...


The new Agents also made appearances in various television commercials leading up to the theatrical and DVD releases of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, most notably several Powerade commercials wherein an Agent, sitting at the table in the room used during Neo's interrogation from the first movie, would encourage the viewer to "Drink more Powerade" and replenish the energy they supply to the Machines because the Agents have "quotas to meet". For the hockey arena, see Powerade Centre. ...


Rogue Agents

A rogue Agent can be a very dangerous program. When Smith, the strongest of them all, was destroyed by Neo at the end of The Matrix, his programming instructed him to return to the Source, the Machine mainframe computer, to be destroyed or stored. However, because of Neo's attack, something changed in Smith that allowed him to defy his programming. The change in Smith also disconnects him from the system, setting him "free" from his duties, in effect. This change makes Smith an "Exile" program without purpose. Smith's programming also takes on some of Neo's abilities as The One, such as the ability to withstand dramatic damage, and fly. However, since Smith is not in truth a complete autonomous being with the ability to choose a new purpose for himself, Smith becomes sociopathic. The rogue Smith begins to behave like a virus himself, making copy after copy of himself using humans and other programs in the Matrix, all of them with one purpose based on his old Agent programming, which was now corrupted. The copies would have the memories and special abilities of any assimilated programs, such as the Oracle's ability to see the future. Smith's ability to copy himself onto others may be a sort of corruption of his original ability to move from host body to host body before Neo's attack. No one, not even other Agents, were immune to his attacks (although if Smith possessed an Agent's body, the Agent could simply take over another one, as seen in Reloaded. This was nullified, however, when Smith took over every human and program in the Matrix). Movie poster for The Matrix Revolutions, featuring the various copies of Agent Smith. ... This article is about the 1999 film. ... Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a personality disorder which is often characterised by antisocial and impulsive behaviour. ... A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. ...


Other Agents

Many other agents have appeared in the Animatrix, the Matrix console games and the Matrix comics. Agents Ash, Bird, Finn, Fine and White are the only agents named there, but other unnamed have appeared as well.


Agent White also appears in The Matrix: Path of Neo as a replacement for Smith after he was destroyed by Neo. White appears in only one section of the Redpill Rescue level called The Security Guard. He appears much like Agent Brown but has his own personality. Movie poster for The Matrix Revolutions, featuring the various copies of Agent Smith. ... Neo is the alias of Thomas A. Anderson, the main fictional character in the Matrix trilogy: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. ...


The Animatrix story World Record featured a different style of Agent wearing full-length trenchcoats instead of the usual dark suit. Animatrix The Animatrix is a major part of the Matrix series, a collection of nine animated short films set in that fictional universe. ... Dan running on the track. ...


Online

The Agents live on in the film's continuation, the MMORPG The Matrix Online. In line with the brokered truce created by Neo at the end of The Matrix Revolutions, Agents were no longer assigned to kill redpills on sight, instead they guard various areas of the Matrix that are still restricted to the awakened. However, the Agents recently reverted to their original programming with the collapse of the Truce. The Matrix Online (MxO) is an MMORPG developed by Monolith Productions. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third and last film in the The Matrix trilogy. ... Redpill is a term that describes a human that has been freed from the Matrix, a fictional computer-generated world set at the end of the 20th Century. ...


Imposter Agents

Red-Eyed 'Imposter' Agents at the start of The Matrix Online storyline during chapter 1.1.


These 'agents' impersonated system representatives and begun widespread sabotage and assaults on the awakened redpills in an attempt to stress/break the truce agreement. All three major organizations (Zion, The Machines and The Merovingian) were quick to deny being responsible for the attacks and the imposters were soon declared a fourth group onto themselves.


It was soon discovered that these beings were not agents at all but rather were using some kind of disguise technology to try and implicate the machines for their actions. However, glowing red eyes and lack of system issue firearms were definite flaws in the plan.


It is revealed in a "Report to the General" document that the Red-Eyed Agents are the General's commandos, taking into consideration that programs could get access to other shells (like the way the Oracle changed appearance in the movies), made occasional documented reports to the General in various Zion and Machine critical missions, and also hinted that their disguises were malfunctioning.


Agent Gray

Gray was one of several Agents trapped in the Matrix during the infestation known as Smith. His program was overwritten with new code, executing instructions which conflicted with his primary architecture. When Smith was defeated and Smith's program was withdrawn from the system, Gray was freed, but his ordeal was not yet over.


The Machine Civilization is run by cautious protocols, and there was still some chance that the Smith code had found a place to shelter within the system, or within an RSI. Agents that had been exposed to Smith were quarantined within the Matrix during the reset — something that is usually never done. Bluepills have their connections to the system attenuated so they never notice the event, and Exiles can seek shelter in a construct, but Agents have no such recourse. Those trapped in the system during the reset were literally turned inside out as their code was deconstructed and recompiled with a vicious error-checking routine.


Even afterward, he has not been allowed to return to the Source, instead relegated to a buffer system created during the reboot — a gateway construct which acts as a Machine analog to the Merovingian's Mobil Avenue Station. In some ways he is almost an Exile, but for the fact that he believes he will eventually be able to return to the Source.


Due to his current situation, Agent Gray was selected to act as recruiter and Controller for human beings that the Machines believe can assist them in controlling the Matrix. Like all Agents he is normally dispassionate and aloof, with a precise manner of speaking, but his forced dealings with humans have left him with somewhat more understanding of them than most Agents.


When dealing with humans, he uses many euphemisms, as he has found that humans often prefer not to say what they really mean. Death is “cessation of awareness.” Stealing is “expeditious acquisition.” He addresses humans by their gender title and bluepill last name (e.g. "Mister Anderson"), and seems to have a foolproof way of knowing this information about every human he speaks to.


Though Gray resented his assignment greatly at first, he has come to appreciate the fact that he is better at dealing with humans than most other machine Agents. Although he does not enjoy interacting with humans, the fact that he is efficient at it gives him a sense of pride.


Agent Gray is voiced by John Patrick Lowrie. John Patrick Lowrie is an American voice actor who mostly performs additional voices in video games like The Suffering, The Suffering: The Ties That Bind, Total Annihilation, both No One Lives Forever games, and upcoming Half-Life 2 expansion packs. ...


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