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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. This article is about the simulation technology. ... The Matrix series is a media franchise consisting primarily of three films: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ...



In the dystopia the series depicts, Earth is dominated by sentient machines. Humans are grown in pods and are connected by cybernetic implants to an artificial reality called the Matrix, which keeps their minds under control while the machines use the bioelectricity and thermal energy of their bodies as an energy source. This article is about the philosophical concept and literary form. ... AI redirects here. ... Artificial reality was the term Myron W. Krueger used to describe his interactive immersive environments, based on video recognition techniques, that put a user in full, unencumbered contact with the digital world. ... Bioelectromagnetism (sometimes equated with bioelectricity) refers to the static voltage of biological cells and to the electric currents that flow in living tissues, such as nerves and muscles, as a result of action potentials. ... In thermal physics, thermal energy is the energy portion of a system that increases with its temperature. ...

The virtual reality world simulated by the Matrix resembles human civilization around the turn of the 21st century (this time period was chosen because it is supposedly the pinnacle of human civilization, which the Machines define as civilization before computers became the mainstay of civilization.) The majority of the films and games of the Matrix franchise take place in a vast unnamed megacity, although it is not the only city within the Matrix, as other familiar locations are mentioned and visited by the characters during the trilogy and The Animatrix. As this environment is practically indistinguishable from reality, the majority of humans connected to the Matrix are unaware of its true nature. However, most of the central characters in the series know that it is not real, and as a result can partially bend the simulation's physical laws in order to perform superhuman feats within the simulation. 20XX redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Club Hel (The Matrix) be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

The virtual world is first introduced in The Matrix. The Animatrix short film "The Second Renaissance" and the comic "Bits and Pieces of Information" show how the initial conflict between humans and machines came about, and how and why the Matrix was first developed. Its history and purpose are further explained in The Matrix Reloaded. This article is about the 1999 film. ... Animatrix The Animatrix is a major part of the Matrix series, a collection of nine animated short films set in that fictional universe. ... The Second Renaissance (2003) is composed of two short anime films which form part of The Animatrix collection. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. ...


According to character dialogue in The Matrix Online,[citation needed] the following about the Matrix' past has been revealed:

Matrix v1.0 = Paradise Matrix, where the Angel Agents are from. Humans cannot be unplugged. Failed. Seraph is the name of a fictional character (played by Collin Chou) in the science fiction film saga, The Matrix. ...

Matrix v2.0 = Nightmare Matrix, where Vampires/Werewolves/Ghosts/Monsters are from. Humans still cannot be unplugged. Failed. A screen of Enter the Matrix featuring vampires During the game Enter the Matrix, you enter the Merovingians Chateau to get a special key (Made by the Keymaker) for The One. It was stolen by Cain and Abel, a vampire-werewolf duo. ... Poster featuring The Twins In The Matrix, The Twins (played by Neil and Adrian Rayment) are the two silvery henchmen of The Merovingian who can become translucent and move through solid objects. ...

Matrix v3.0 = Oracle's proposed version of the Matrix involving choice and the prophecy. First unplugged redpills populate Zion. First time The One appears to reload the Matrix. Success. 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. ...

Matrix v3.1 = The One reloads the Matrix, chooses 23 people to repopulate Zion, and dies. Second time The One appears to reload the Matrix. Success.

Matrix v3.2 = The cycle continues. No further data on this version of the Matrix.

Matrix v3.3 = The cycle continues. No further data on this version of the Matrix.

Matrix v3.4 = The version of the Matrix where the Commando Agents are from. They attempt to fight against their prototype replacements (Current G-Men type Agents) before they can finish their test trials, and fail. The cycle continues.

Matrix v3.5 = The current version of the Matrix, where Neo and Agent Smith are from. Having never been reloaded, it is still the current version of the Matrix in MxO.

Version one

After the human race was defeated by the machines of Zero One, the machines performed experiments using cybernetic implants to connect human minds to computers. The first version of the Matrix into which the humans were hardwired was created by the Architect. As mentioned by him in The Matrix Reloaded, and by Agent Smith in The Matrix, it was designed as a perfect world, with no wars, plagues, or dangers of any sort. People quickly began to reject this simulated utopian reality-human nature being what it is, it was simply "too good to be true"; according to Agent Smith, this rejection caused "entire crops" of humans to die. Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in 2001. ... Cybernetics is a theory of the communication and control of regulatory feedback. ... I am the Architect. ... Agent Smith (later merely Smith) is a fictional character featured in the Matrix film series, played by actor Hugo Weaving. ... For other uses, see Utopia (disambiguation). ...

Version two

Instead of the "perfection" of the first, the second version of the Matrix simulated a world more in line with "the varying grotesqueries of [human] nature", with wars, plagues and more hellish environments. Images shown on the television screens as version two is being described include images of Communist Russia, Nazi Germany as well as war, sickness, and death. Particularly evident are images of radiation-burnt victims of the atomic bomb. It has been alluded to by pre-version three programs such as the Merovingian and Persephone that entities such as the Twins (ghosts), Cujo and his werewolves, Vlad and his vampires, as well as other "supernatural" programs are remnants of this era of the Matrix. Soviet Russia can refer to one of several things: States: Bolshevist Russia, an informal term referring to the Bolshevik side in the Russian Civil War, or the Soviet Russian government before the establishment of the Soviet Union. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... The Merovingian The Merovingian is a fictional character in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, portrayed by Lambert Wilson in both films. ... Persephone Spoiler warning: In the movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Persephone (played by Monica Bellucci) is the wife of The Merovingian. ... Poster featuring The Twins In The Matrix, The Twins (played by Neil and Adrian Rayment) are the two silvery henchmen of The Merovingian who can become translucent and move through solid objects. ... Enter the Matrix is the first video game based on the Matrix series. ... Enter the Matrix is the first video game based on the Matrix series. ... A screen of Enter the Matrix featuring vampires During the game Enter the Matrix, you enter the Merovingians Chateau to get a special key (Made by the Keymaker) for The One. It was stolen by Cain and Abel, a vampire-werewolf duo. ...

Much to the frustration of the Architect, this version was also a failure. Human nature again interfered—while perfection was inherently unbelievable, so too was an unending nightmare.

Version three

The creation of a third version was suspended until a way of dealing with mankind's unpredictable nature could be found. The solution was discovered by what the Architect described as an "intuitive" program that was designed to help the machines better understand the human psyche. This program was personified and known to the humans as the Oracle. The Oracle found that 99% of humans would accept the system if given a subconscious choice to accept or reject the Matrix. Continually permitting the escape of the rebellious elements as they emerged created the first stable Matrix. However, the remaining 1% — the escapees — could eventually become dangerous to the stability of the Matrix if left unchecked. This problem was solved by gathering the escapees in a settlement of their own called Zion. 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. ... Zion is a fictional place in The Matrix films. ...

In order to keep the inhabitants of Zion under control, they created another system of control just as artificial as the Matrix itself, and all the more insidious in its subtle manipulation of human hopes and desires-the concept of The One. The Oracle disseminated among the rebels a prophecy that one day a messiah would be born, one with the power to free humanity. It was of course a lie — The One would actually be instrumental in the continuation of the Matrix. When Zion's population grew too large, The One would be introduced into the Matrix. The One would then be permitted to make contact with the Zion rebels and escape from the Matrix, concentrating their attentions on the prophecy, rather than the actual progress of the conflict. After a certain amount of time had passed, Zion would be attacked, and that would be the impetus guiding The One to a meeting with the Architect, who would then tell him the truth about the Matrix and his following task: Look up the one in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In Judaism, the Messiah (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian ; Aramaic: , ; Arabic: , ; the Anointed One) at first meant any person who was anointed with oil on rising to a certain position among the ancient Israelites, at first that of High priest, later that of King and also that of a prophet. ...

"The function of The One is now to return to the Source allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the Prime Program. After which you will be required to select from the Matrix twenty-three individuals — sixteen female, seven male — to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the Matrix which, coupled with the extermination of Zion, will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race."

The survivors would be told the prophecy of The One, but would not be allowed to know of the cycle of the Matrix's renewal, each time believing it to be around the year 2100 when they were revived, and the first time anyone had been freed from the Matrix. In reality, if this were true, it would actually be closer to 2400 or 2500, due to each version supposedly lasting 100 years, and the 5 versions of the Matrix. 2100 can refer to either: The first year of the 2100s decade. ... (Redirected from 2400) (23rd century - 24th century - 25th century - more centuries) The 24th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2301-2400. ... (Redirected from 2500) (24th century - 25th century - 26th century - more centuries) The 25th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2401-2500. ...

The "One cycle" was put into effect, with the machines maintaining control of the system for five full cycles and five Ones. However, the sixth One, Thomas Anderson ("Neo"), was different from his predecessors in a way the machines had not expected. The previous Ones had all been conditioned to feel an intense, platonic connection with the human race in general as (supposed) messiahs, and had chosen to prolong the Matrix in order to prevent the extinction of the human race. For Neo, however, that connection was romantic: he loved a particular woman, Trinity, a hacker whom the Oracle had told would fall in love with The One. Neo rejected the rational compromise offered by the Architect to save humanity and instead made the irrational decision to save Trinity from an attack by an Agent. Neo is the name of the central fictional character from the movie The Matrix and its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Platonic love in its modern popular sense is an affectionate relationship into which the sexual element does not enter, especially in cases where one might easily assume otherwise. ... This article primarily discusses philosophical ideologies in relation to the subject of romantic love. ... 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. ... Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith in The Matrix. ...

Meanwhile, Smith, a rogue Agent corrupted and strengthened by a previous encounter with Neo, was spreading throughout the Matrix like a virus, becoming a threat to both machines and humans. The One struck a deal with the machines — in the form of an entity known as Deus ex Machina — to destroy Smith in return for peace. The machines accepted this proposal, fearing that they could no longer control or terminate the renegade viral Smith, who had grown incalculably strong, and was known to have become obsessed with his desire to be "free" of a world and existence polluted by the "stench" of humanity. Neo and Smith battled, but eventually Neo submitted and allowed Smith to imprint over him, causing Smith to be destroyed and Neo to die. (The Matrix Revolutions leaves the cause of Smith's defeat fairly ambiguous - see The Matrix Revolutions.) One interpretation concludes that Smith destroyed himself: In a display of irony, Smith's purpose was to destroy The One, and after having done so, became useless, and ends up being destroyed. Another interpretation is that once Smith infected Neo, the Deus Ex Machina was able to use Neo (repeatedly described as possessing unique powers over the Matrix) to destroy Smith. In any event, peace was restored after hundreds of years of conflict, and the inhabitants of Zion were allowed to survive. Agent Smith (later merely Smith) is a fictional character featured in the Matrix film series, played by actor Hugo Weaving. ... Deus Ex Machina is the god of the machines in the Machine City of the Matrix series. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third and final film in The Matrix trilogy. ...

See also

Simulated reality is the idea that reality could be simulated — often computer-simulated — to a degree indistinguishable from true reality. ...

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