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Encyclopedia > Cypher (Matrix character)

Cypher is a fictional character from the movie The Matrix played by Joe Pantoliano. The Matrix is a film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry). ... Joe Pantoliano (born September 12, 1951) is an actor. ...

His full name is Louis Cypher or Lou Cypher (pronounced Lucifer), although he was referred to as "Mr. Reagan" by Agent Smith. Lucifer is a Latin word made up of two words, lux (light; genitive lucis) and ferre (to bear, to bring), meaning light-bearer. ... From www. ...

In the first film of the trilogy, Cypher is one of the rebels from Morpheus' hovercraft the Nebuchadnezzar. His character is bald and he has a moustache. Although he may have been idealistic at first, Cypher has grown tired of the Man/Machine war within the Matrix. Harshly disillusioned by the grim existence living on a hovercraft and tired of following Morpheus and his blind faith of the Prophesy, he soon starts to wish he'd never exited the Matrix in the first place. This prompts him to strike a deal with the Agents. At the beginning of the movie, he nearly gets Trinity killed by Agent in successfully proving to the Agents that he, "the informant," was legitimate. Fishburne as Morpheus in The Matrix Revolutions 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. ... The Nebuchadnezzar is a hovercraft captained by Morpheus in the Matrix movies. ... Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith in The Matrix. ... Trinity is the central female fictional character in The Matrix universe, played by actress Carrie-Anne Moss in the films The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ...

Cypher secretly meets with the Agents once more, agreeing to turn Morpheus over to them if the Agents will return Cypher's body to the Matrix power plant with no knowledge of the Matrix, and rich and famous to boot.

Despite his crush on Trinity, he overcomes this to betray his comrades and kills most of the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar, but is then killed by Tank. The Nebuchadnezzar is a hovercraft captained by Morpheus in the Matrix movies. ...

One of Cypher's most famous quotes from the movie is "Ignorance is bliss", which he utters while speaking with Agent Smith, referring to the state of people inside the Matrix.

Questions and Speculation

Given that it is believed that it takes at least two people to jack into the Matrix from a hovercraft (one crew and one Operator, the shipboard support person), how did Cypher communicate to the Agents each time without being caught by his fellow crewmates? In his scene where he speaks with Agent Smith, Cypher is seen eating a steak. However, it appears he is not, in fact, jacked into the Matrix here, but managing the Operator consoles to speak with Smith. He is interrupted by Neo and shuts down screens where he was speaking with the Agent. How can Cypher truly taste the steak while not actually jacked in? From www. ... Neo is the name of the central fictional character from the movie The Matrix and its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ...

A possible answer to this question has been posed. A logical solution that answers the above question revolves around the fact that we do not fully understand the complete functioning of the "Jack-in chair".

As was seen during Neo's orentation of the matrix, when he sits in the chair for the first time, there is a pause between insertion of the data-needle and the pressing of the "LOAD" button.

Further, at the end of the sequence, Neo can be heard saying, "Get this thing out of me" referring to the afor mentioned needle.

It is possible that what Cypher was doing when Neo interrupted him was programming the system to jack himself in, and to auto-dial a hardline to extract himself at a specified time.

This theory is given even more credibility as this scene immediately precedes the meeting with Smith, and that as soon as Cypher realizes that he is not the only one still awake, he immediately turns off all the monitors to the ship-board systems, preventing Neo from seeing what he was doing.

His choices in the real world raised a lot of questions for philosophers: would you stay in the harsh real world, or the excellent dream world? Simulated reality describes a hypothetical environment that, although experienced as real, is actually a highly detailed simulation of reality. ...

Cypher's name may relate the 30 denarius received by Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus. It is likely that, aside from the satanic reference noted above, that Cypher refers to the computer term of "null" or "zero", suggesting he is an opposite in beliefs to The One (Neo). Judas Iscariot (died April AD 29–33, Hebrew יהודה איש־קריות Yəhûḏāh ʾΚ-qəriyyôṯ) was, according to the New Testament, one of twelve original apostles of Jesus, and the one who ultimately betrayed him. ... This 11th-century portrait is one of many images of Jesus in which a halo with a cross is used. ...

The Matrix Trilogy 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"
Games Enter The Matrix | The Matrix Online | The Matrix: Path of Neo
Main characters Neo | Trinity | Morpheus | Agent Smith | The Agents | The Oracle
Secondary characters Apoc | The Architect | Bane | Cypher | Dozer | Ghost | Kamala | The Keymaker | The Kid | The Merovingian | Mouse | Niobe | Persephone | Rama Kandra | Sati | Seraph | Sparks | Switch | Tank | The Trainman | The Twins
Cast and crew Wachowski brothers | Keanu Reeves | Laurence Fishburne | Carrie-Anne Moss | Hugo Weaving | Geof Darrow
Other topics The Matrix character names | Matrix (fictional universe) | Original Soundtrack | The Matrix Revisited | The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Related articles Bullet-time | Cyberpunk | Digitalism | Martial arts film | Messiahs in fiction and fantasy | Virtual reality

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The stupidity and superficiality of choosing blissful ignorance is revealed when Cypher says that when he is reintegrated into the Matrix he wants to be rich and, "somebody important, like an actor." It’s a line you could almost pass over if it wasn’t so clearly earmarked as the speech of the fool justifying his foolishness.
Her character, Trinity, is a mix of Mary Magdalene and the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by her earthly-and-yet celestial relationship with the One.
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