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Encyclopedia > Architect (The Matrix)
"I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I've been waiting for you."
"I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I've been waiting for you."

The Architect is a fictional character appearing in the last two films of the Matrix trilogy, created by the Wachowski brothers. The character is played by Helmut Bakaitis. Image File history File links Matrix_architectsittingandchatting. ... Image File history File links Matrix_architectsittingandchatting. ... The Matrix series spans major motion pictures, Japanese-style animation, and video games in an attempt to tell a story thats part science fiction, part modern myth, with elements of cyberpunk, computer science, philosophy of mind, Hinduism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Buddhism, classical mythology, and other influences. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Helmut Bakaitis (Born: September 26, 1944 in Lauban, Silesia, Germany (now Luban, Poland)) is a Polish actor and screenwriter. ...

The Architect is first encountered by Neo appearing as a manicured, extremely articulate bureaucrat sitting in a large circular room whose walls are covered by television monitors in a pivotal scene at the climax of Matrix Reloaded, the second film of the Trilogy. He reveals himself to Neo as being the creator of the Matrix. A sapient computer program, he appears as a white-bearded old man (bearing a vague similarity to some Christian depictions of God; Sigmund Freud; Uncle Sam; Colonel Sanders; Norbert Wiener, inventor of cybernetics; and Internet pioneer Vint Cerf—virtually diametrically opposed to the preferred shell of the Oracle, that of a black woman). In an extended period of dialogue, the Architect explains that his role is to "balance the equation" of the Matrix. In the third movie, the Oracle tells Neo that her purpose is to unbalance the equation. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of the Matrix series, written by the Wachowski brothers and released by Warner Bros. ... It has been suggested that The City (The Matrix) be merged into this article or section. ... The terms computer program, software program, applications program, system software, or just program are used to refer to either an executable program by both lay people and computer programmers or the collection of source code from which an executable program is created (eg, compiled). ... A Christian is a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, referred to as Christ. ... God is the deity believed by monotheists to be the supreme reality. ... Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939; (IPA pronunciation: []) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. ... J. M. Flaggs 1917 Uncle Sam, based on the original British Lord Kitchener poster of three years earlier, was used to recruit soldiers for both World War I and World War II. Flagg used a modified version of his own face for Uncle Sam, and veteran Walter Botts provided... Harland David Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). ... Norbert Wiener Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894 - March 18, 1964) was a U.S. mathematician and applied mathematician, especially in the field of electronics engineering. ... Cybernetics is the study of communication and control, typically involving regulatory feedback, in living organisms, in machines and organisations and their combinations, for example, in sociotechnical systems, computer controlled machines such as automata and robots. ... Dr. Vinton Cerf Vinton Gray Cerf (born June 23, 1943) is an American computer scientist who is commonly referred to as one of the founding fathers of the Internet for his key technical and managerial role in the creation of the Internet and the TCP/IP protocols which it uses. ... The Oracle is a fictional character portrayed by Gloria Foster (and later, by Mary Alice) within the Matrix series of films created by the Wachowski brothers. ...

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Role

The Architect was involved with the creation of the very first version of the Matrix. It was a failure; though designed to be a utopia, its human denizens refused to accept a world of complete perfection. So the Architect modified the Matrix to bring it closer to what the machines understood about human nature. However, he met again with failure. Entire batches of humans died as they resisted being forced into the Matrix against their will. It has been suggested that utopianism be merged into this article or section. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin for wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (known as the great apes). ...


The solution to this problem was discovered by the Oracle: a version of the Matrix that gave humans the subconscious choice of accepting it. This version was accepted by nearly 99.9% of all test subjects. So the Matrix was rewritten to allow subjects to subconsciously choose whether or not they wanted to be a part of it. Make up your own damn mind. ...


However, the Architect calculated that those who did not accept the program, would pose an "escalating probability of disaster". Those humans who left the Matrix would gradually increase in number over time, through recruitment and population growth, eventually becoming capable of directly threatening the machine civilization. Because he was aware of this possibility, the machines were able to plan around it to maintain a measure of control over the humans, even while allowing them the choice to leave the Matrix.


While the Oracle was able to guide the actions of the humans who left the Matrix through prophecy, it was the Architect who programmed The One that would fulfill this prophecy. The One was made carrying not only the source code of the Matrix "Prime Program", but also with a profound attachment to humanity that would later motivate him to fulfill the prophecies being spread by the Oracle. Every time the free humans had grown strong enough to start threatening machine hegemony, The One would be born into the Matrix. Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ...


As the prophecies were fufilled by The One, the machines would begin building an army to destroy Zion. Under the guidance of the Oracle, The One would find his way to the Source (the machine mainframe), convinced that his actions there would end the war for the humans.


The Architect, however, resides in a room that lies on the path to the Source, so the One would invariably encounter him along the way. During this encounter, The Architect would reveal his influence over the preceding events and present The One with a choice:

  • He may return to the Source at which point the Matrix source code would be reinserted into the program, allowing for the system to reboot. Zion is still destroyed and people are still trapped in the Matrix, but The One would be allowed to select from the Matrix twenty-three individuals (seven males and sixteen females) to be freed so they could found a new Zion.
  • He may refuse to cooperate and return to the Matrix. Refusal would lead to a system crash, killing all of the inhabitants of the Matrix. With the destruction of Zion, this would spell extinction for the human species.

The machinations of The Architect & The Oracle were quite successful in maintaining the status quo, at least initially; until Neo, all incarnations of The One had chosen to cooperate with the Machines in order to preserve humanity.

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Conversation with Neo

In The Matrix Reloaded, The Architect offered Neo the same choice he offered his five predecessors. He informs Neo that the machine army is going to destroy Zion. Neo can choose to return to the Matrix, or he can return to the Source, choose a few select humans to restart Zion, and continue the cycle. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


In the past, the Ones saw little choice - an extremely high probability of death for all humanity by refusing to cooperate, or the certainty of keeping humanity alive by returning to the Source. But, unlike previous Ones, Neo was experiencing his programmed attachment to humanity in a specific way: in his love for Trinity.


So presented by the Architect with a choice between the destruction of humanity or losing Trinity, Neo saw no choice. His love for her led him to choose to attempt saving her, even though the Architect had asserted that her death was certain and his attempt to save her would mean doom for all humanity.


Despite the fact that the Machines are using humanity to maintain their civilization, the Architect, who seems unmoved when Neo pointed this out, states that, "There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept."

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Consequences of actions

The Oracle revealed in The Matrix Revolutions that the summary of the Architect's role in the Matrix was to balance it, like an equation. Furthermore, when Neo asked her what Smith is, she tells him,

"He is you, your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out."

When the Architect programmed The One as part of maintaining control over the Matrix, he set the stage for the emergence of Smith as a growing threat against the Matrix and the Machine City. He told Neo that he was, "the eventuality of an anomaly....... the anomaly is systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations." These fluctuations appeared to affect Smith, even as Neo destroyed him in the first movie. In Matrix Reloaded, Smith stated,

"Then you're aware of it...... our connection. I don't fully understand how it happened, perhaps some part of you imprinted onto me, something overwritten or copied....... You destroyed me, Mr. Anderson. Afterward, I knew the rules, I understood what I was supposed to do.... but I didn't. I couldn't. I was compelled to stay.... compelled to disobey."

It is unclear whether the Architect directly acted in the interest of balancing Neo within the Matrix, or part of the code inherent to the programming of The One affected Smith. Regardless, the actions of the Architect compelled Smith to go against his original programming and become driven to increase his power like a virus.


The threat that Smith represented would have been remedied if the Matrix was rebooted as before, but Neo refused to cooperate with the Architect, because of his feelings for Trinity. Consequently, Smith was allowed to grow stronger, leading to an escalating threat, not just to the Matrix but the Machine City, and ultimately, to the showdown at the end of the trilogy. It is unclear whether The Architect lacked the power to intervene directly against Smith, or if he simply chose not to.

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Keeping his word

In the final scene of the film he joins the Oracle and Sati, commenting that she "played a very dangerous game", referring to the Oracle's role in guiding Neo as he defied the Architect's system of control. The Oracle asks The Architect whether the truce with Zion will be kept, he replies, "What do you think I am.... human?" Sati is a fictional character (played by Tanveer K. Atwal) in the science fiction film, The Matrix Revolutions, named after a Hindu deity who committed suicide after her parents forbade her marriage. ...

The Matrix series
Films The Matrix  | The Matrix Reloaded  | The Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix Final Flight of the Osiris | The Second Renaissance | Kid's Story | Program | World Record | Beyond | A Detective Story | Matriculated
Soundtracks The Matrix: Original Motion Picture Score | The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture | The Matrix Reloaded: The Album
The Matrix Revolutions: Music From The Motion Picture | The Animatrix: The Album | Enter The Matrix: Original Soundtrack From The Videogame
Games Enter the Matrix | The Matrix Online | The Matrix: Path of Neo
Characters Neo | Trinity | Morpheus | Smith (MegaSmith) | Agents | Oracle | Architect | Niobe | Merovingian | Persephone | Seraph | Minor human characters | Programs and machines
Locations The Matrix | Mega City | Club Hel | Mobil Ave | Zero One (Machine City) | Zion | List of ships in the Matrix series
Cast and crew Wachowski brothers | Keanu Reeves | Laurence Fishburne | Carrie-Anne Moss | Hugo Weaving | Jada Pinkett Smith | Owen Paterson | John Gaeta | Geof Darrow | Steve Skroce
Other topics Matrix digital rain | The Matrix character names | The Matrix Revisited | The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Related topics Bullet time | Cyberpunk | Digitalism | The Hero's Journey | Martial arts film | Messiahs in fiction | Virtual reality
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