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Encyclopedia > Mega City (The Matrix)
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Mega City is an enormous virtual megacity in which the inhabitants of the Matrix live their lives in the Matrix series. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The City (The Matrix). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Megalopolis. ... The Matrix is the setting for the Matrix series. ... The Matrix series consists primarily of three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, all written and directed by the Wachowski brothers and set in the same universe. ...


Locations and references

Mega City as it appears in the Matrix films is an amalgam of various cities of the late 20th century, in particular: (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and since its opening it has become an international symbol of Sydney Sydney (pronounced ) is the state capital of New South Wales, located on the east coast of Australia. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is a major American city on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ...


Excluding the car chase sequence in The Matrix Reloaded, the Matrix films were entirely filmed in the Australian city of Sydney. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Although such distinctive landmarks as the Sydney Harbour Bridge (although you can see this in the final scene of the film before the credits) and the Sydney Opera House were digitally removed or shot around, there are several clearly Australian buildings, companies and signage visible throughout the first movie in particular. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the major landmarks of Sydney, connecting the Sydney central business district (CBD) with the North Shore commercial and residential areas, both of which are located on Sydney Harbour. ... The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and since its opening it has become a symbol of Sydney The Sydney Opera House is located at , in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...

Buildings: Sydney Tower is visible on the construct TV screen. Various Sydney skyscrapers and locations around Central Station and Surrey Hills are also recognisable. Sydney Tower, taken 14 April 2005 Sydney Tower (formerly known as the AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint) is Sydneys tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). ...

Companies: AWA Limited, AMP Limited, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dymocks Booksellers, MMI Tabcorp Holdings is an Australian company with interests in gaming and wagering. ... AMP Limited, usually known simply as AMP, is an Australian financial services company providing life insurance, managed funds, and other investment products. ... The Commonwealth Bank is the second largest bank in Australia, after National Australia Bank. ... Dymocks booksellers is a bookstore chain in Australia. ... Allianz AG, (NYSE: AZ) with $128 billion of revenue during 2003, is Germanys largest, and one of the worlds largest financial services providers with a focus on the insurance business. ...

Signage: Non-American spelling such as "Authorised personnel only" or "In case of fire, do not use lift" appears occasionally, although in some cases this may be because production designer Owen Paterson is Australian rather than use of Australian locations. Owen Paterson is an Australian production designer, who was chiefly responsible for the design and look of The Matrix series of movies. ...


The highway scenes were shot on a specially-contructed set at the nearby Naval Air Station Alameda. A two-mile purpose-built highway complete with overpasses, onramps and offramps, and highway signs was erected on portions of two unused aircraft runways on the former military base. After filming, the movie set was taken down and removed, although still visible from aerial photographs is the darker color of the pavement on top of the lighter concrete runway. The preceding chase sequence from an underground car park was shot in various Oakland streets. The Webster Tube, which goes under the Oakland Inner Harbor between downtown and Alameda Island, was also used. A highway sign reading "Whipple Ave. 1/2, Woodside Rd. 1 1/2, Marsh Road 3 3/4" is seen on an overpass during the motorcycle chase scene. These roads are connected to US Route 101 on the San Francisco Peninsula, and a street sign with those mileages would be seen on southbound 101 in the Redwood City area, although no scenes were photographed in that area. Naval Air Station Alameda (NAS Alameda) was a USN naval air station in Alameda, California, on San Francisco Bay. ... Alameda can refer to: Several places in the United States: Alameda County, California, home of: The city and island of Alameda, California The College of Alameda The former Naval Air Station Alameda Alameda, Idaho Alameda, New Mexico Alameda, Saskatchewan in Canada Alameda, or The Alameda, is a common street name... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. ...


Most of the street and landmark names referenced in the films are from Chicago, such as Wabash and Lake, Franklin and Erie, State Street, Balbo Drive, Cumberland Ave, the Adams Street Bridge and the Loop Train. Some street names however, such as Paterson Pass and Wu Ping Ave are derived from names of production staff. Also early drafts of the screenplay have stated that the city was Chicago. The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... Owen Paterson is an Australian production designer, who was chiefly responsible for the design and look of The Matrix series of movies. ... Yuen Woo-ping on the set of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yuen. ...

The Matrix Online

Map of the Matrix Megacity from The Matrix Online

The Wachowski brothers provided a map of Mega City for the designers of the MMO game The Matrix Online, which splits the city into four main districts: Downtown, International, Richland and Westview. Further development of the game will reveal further details about the geography of the city. Image File history File links Districts_alpha. ... Image File history File links Districts_alpha. ... The Matrix Online (MxO) is a MMORPG developed by Monolith Productions. ... A Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG or MMO) is a computer game which is capable of supporting hundreds or thousands of players simultaneously, and is played on the Internet. ... The Matrix Online (MxO) is a MMORPG developed by Monolith Productions. ...

The map shows that the actual shape of the city is the Y-shaped symbol seen at the end of the code sequence in The Matrix Revolutions. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...

Locations outside of Mega City

The revelation that the Matrix films and games take place in a single megacity was surprising, as there were several references to other places and cultures throughout the series.

  • During Neo's online search for Morpheus, the headline "Morpheus eludes police at Heathrow Airport" and an Arabic newspaper appear, suggesting that London and the Middle East exist in the Matrix world (unless the City airport is called "Heathrow")
  • The presence of an airport and a post office in Enter the Matrix implies that City-dwellers can travel to other cities and countries
  • In The Matrix Reloaded, Neo is transported to a remote mountainous area resembling the Alps or the Himalayas, supposedly the location of The Merovingian's mansion) from which he has to fly "500 miles due south" in order to return to The City.
  • In Beyond, one of the Animatrix short films, the setting appears to be that of either Japan or China - oriental lettering can be seen on signposts, and the main character Yoko owns a cat called Yuki, indicatively far-eastern names. In addition, in World Record, another Animatrix short, the runner wears running gear emblazoned with 'USA'. This seems to suggest that not only are there regions outside the City, but other nations too, leading to the possibility of the Matrix being larger than previously thought.

It is not, however, stated that there are no other cities, just that the movies and games take place in the same exceptionally large city. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), often referred to as Heathrow, is the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Enter the Matrix is the first video game based on the Matrix series. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The West face of the Petit Dru above the Chamonix valley near the Mer de Glace. ... Perspective view of the Himalaya and Mount Everest as seen from space looking south-south-east from over the Tibetan Plateau. ... This is an article on the fictional character The Merovingian in The Matrix Trilogy. ... The kids investigate the lot. ... The Animatrix is a collection of nine CG and anime shorts set in the world of The Matrix, partly written by the Wachowski brothers. ... Dan running on the track. ... The Animatrix is a collection of nine CG and anime shorts set in the world of The Matrix, partly written by the Wachowski brothers. ...

External links

  • IGN: Megacity Travel Planning
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
Games Enter the Matrix | The Matrix Online | The Matrix: Path of Neo
Characters Neo | Trinity | Morpheus | Smith | Agents | Oracle | Architect | Niobe | Minor 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 source code | The Matrix character names | The Matrix Revisited | The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Related topics Bullet time | Cyberpunk | Digitalism | Martial arts film | Messiahs in fiction | Virtual reality
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