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Encyclopedia > Morpheus (The Matrix)
Morpheus
The Matrix character
First appearance The Matrix
Created by Wachowski Brothers
Portrayed by Laurence Fishburne
Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Title Captain of the Nebuchadnezzar


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 Wachowski brothers, writers and directors of The Matrix films, were fans of Neil Gaiman and based the character of Morpheus on the title character from the comic book The Sandman, also adopting one of his most common pseudonyms, Morpheus. The Matrix series is a media franchise consisting primarily of three films: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus in Matrix Revolutions This work is copyrighted. ... This article is about the 1999 film. ... Laurence Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are American film directors and writers most famous for creating The Matrix series. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... This article is about the hovercraft ships shown in the fictional universe of the Matrix series. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... 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 the 1999 film. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of The Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third and final film in The Matrix trilogy. ... Laurence Larry Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew Andy Wachowski (born December 29, 1967) are American film directors and writers most famous for creating The Matrix series. ... Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... Dream is one of the Endless, fictional characters from Neil Gaimans comic book series, The Sandman. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ...

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The Dreamer of Dreams

In the Matrix films, Morpheus is the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar, which is a hovercraft of the human forces of the last human city, Zion, in a devastated world where most humans are grown by sentient Machines and kept imprisoned in the Matrix, a virtual computer-generated world. Morpheus was once a human living inside the Matrix until he was freed earlier in life. The Nebuchadnezzar is a hovercraft captained by Morpheus in the Matrix movies. ... Zion is a fictional place in The Matrix films. ...


Morpheus is apparently a very popular public figure in the city of Zion. He is also known in the Matrix, but as a dangerous terrorist wanted by Agents (who are actually sentient programs that patrol the Matrix, eliminating any human that is a threat to the secret of the Matrix or dispatching programs that exile themselves in the Matrix to avoid their deletion). 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. ... Terrorist redirects here. ...


Like other hovercraft crews, Morpheus and his crew are dedicated to the protection of Zion and the freeing of humans from the Matrix.


Finding The One

Earlier in his life, Morpheus gained the romantic attention of Niobe, another hovercraft captain. That relationship became estranged shortly after Morpheus visited The Oracle, an ally living in the Matrix who appeared as an older African-American woman. The Oracle could foretell the future, and she told Morpheus that he would be the person who would find The One, a human with superhuman abilities within the Matrix and who could end the Human/Machine War. Since that visit, Morpheus spent much of his life searching the Matrix for The One. 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. ... 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. ... Thomas A. Anderson (alias Neo) is a fictional character in the Matrix trilogy: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. ...

Morpheus presents Neo two choices

In the first feature film, The Matrix, Morpheus successfully finds and monitors a pod-human named Thomas A. Anderson, a computer hacker who calls himself Neo. Despite a close call with Agents that capture, interrogate, and place a surveillance device on Neo, Morpheus and his crew locate Neo. Morpheus offers Neo a choice of ingesting a red pill, which will activate a trace program to help Neo discover the truth of the Matrix, or a blue pill, which will leave Neo in the Matrix to live and believe what he wants to believe. The Nebuchadnezzar crew are able to eject Neo's body from the Matrix powerplant and retrieve him from the cold sewers where hovercrafts patrol. Morpheus takes a risk in helping Neo escape the Matrix, as human minds that live too long in the Matrix may have trouble in comprehending the real world and the truth of the Matrix. Initially, Neo does experience serious denial when Morpheus explains the truth, a point for which Morpheus apologizes. Image File history File links RedBluePill. ... Image File history File links RedBluePill. ... Thomas A. Anderson (alias Neo) is a fictional character in the Matrix trilogy: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. ... From left to right: Agents Brown, Smith, and Jones Agents are a group of characters in the Matrix series. ... 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. ... In the Matrix universe, a Bluepill and sometimes Blue Pill is a term that describes a human whose mind is unaware of the truth about the Matrix. ...


The Prophecy begins

Shortly after Neo first visits the Oracle, Morpheus is captured and interrogated by Agents after a crew member, Cypher, betrays the crew, killing several members before being stopped. Since Morpheus, as a hovercraft captain, possesses access codes to the Zion mainframe computer, the surviving members of the ship's crew are about to unplug Morpheus from the Matrix without the ability to retrieve his mind or his body, a process that will kill him. However, Neo had his own foretelling from the Oracle that told him that either Morpheus or Neo would die, but that he had the choice to save himself or Morpheus. Neo and Trinity reenter the Matrix to make a daring and successful rescue of Morpheus. Neo saves Trinity from a helicopter crash, confirming Morpheus' belief that Neo is indeed The One of legend. Cypher is a fictional character from the movie The Matrix played by Joe Pantoliano. ... 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. ...


Neo is eventually killed by Agent Smith shortly after the rescue, but reawakened as The One and returned to the Nebuchadnezzar before Sentinels can destroy the ship. Movie poster for The Matrix Revolutions, featuring the various copies of Agent Smith. ...


The Dream is gone

Morpheus as he styled himself in The Matrix Reloaded wearing pince-nez style dark glasses.

In the second film, The Matrix Reloaded, Morpheus is more confident than ever that the war is nearing its end. A spiritual as well as an influential leader, Morpheus convinces one hovercraft ship to stay in the Matrix to await contact from the Oracle, despite orders from Zion for all ships to return to the city. He incurs the wrath of Jason Lock, commander of the Zion defensive forces, but Morpheus' actions are easily defended by Councillor Hamann, a member of the Zion Council, the city's ruling body. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Theodore Roosevelt wearing pince-nez Pince-nez (also known as Oxford glasses) are a style of spectacles, popular in the 19th century, which are supported without earpieces, by pinching the bridge of the nose. ... Commander Jason Lock Commander Jason Lock is the supreme commander of all military defense forces for the last human city of Zion. ...


With the aid of Trinity and Niobe, Morpheus successfully retrieves The Keymaker, an exiled program that can access many hidden areas of the Matrix, including the Source, the central Machine City mainframe computer and programming heart of the Matrix. Morpheus aids Neo in successfully entering the door to the Source before returning to the Nebuchadnezzar. 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. ...


After Neo successfully enters the Source and returns from the Matrix with new information, he tells Morpheus that the Prophecy was a lie; it was another system of control that would bring The One to the Source to disseminate the programming inside Neo into the Matrix to allow a reboot, or reload of the Matrix, while Zion is destroyed and allowed to be rebuilt. The war is far from over. To make matters worse, a sudden Sentinel attack destroys the Nebuchadnezzar, further damaging Morpheus' belief in the outcome of the war. The crew is rescued by the hovercraft the Hammer, and joins forces with the Logos, commanded by Niobe. The Logos is a hovercraft in the Matrix trilogy. ...


Morpheus repurposes himself

In the final film The Matrix Revolutions, Morpheus is somewhat dispirited, and has problems in understanding now what may truly happen to Zion and its people. Now without a ship of his own, he and Link (the Nebuchadnezzar's Operator) reside on the hovercraft Hammer, commanded by Roland. Morpheus renews his conviction that Neo could still save Zion, and reawakens Neo, whose mind is trapped in a computer netherworld called Mobil Avenue after Neo stopped five Sentinels in the real world just by thought at the end of The Matrix Reloaded. With the aid of Trinity and Seraph, he rescues Neo and returns his mind to the real world. The Matrix Revolutions is the third and final film in The Matrix trilogy. ... Link (played by actor Harold Perrineau) serves as the ships Operator for the crew of the Zion hovercraft Nebuchadnezzar in the movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Operator (The Matrix) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This articles section on its subjects history does not cite any references or sources. ...


Morpheus says farewell to Neo and Trinity a final time before they leave for the Machine City in the hovercraft Logos in a last-ditch attempt to stop the war. Morpheus aids Niobe as she flies the Hammer in a desperate ride back to Zion. The ship successfully stops the first onslaught of the Machine attack with the ship's electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. The term electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the following meanings: electromagnetic radiation from an explosion (especially a nuclear explosion) or an intensely fluctuating magnetic field caused by Compton-recoil electrons and photoelectrons from photons scattered in the materials of the electronic or explosive device or in a surrounding medium. ...


When the Sentinels suddenly stop a second wave of attacks, Morpheus instantly realizes that Neo is fighting for them, somehow. When the Sentinels retreat after Neo successfully defeats the former Agent Smith, now a virus that threatened both man and Machine, Morpheus, and Niobe embrace in celebration as cheers arise from the Zion population, who have received a brokered peace through Neo's sacrifice. Morpheus' dream turned out to be right after all. Agent Smith (later merely Smith) is a fictional character featured in the Matrix film series, played by actor Hugo Weaving. ...


Of the original Nebuchadnezzar crew in The Matrix, only Morpheus survives to see freedom for Zion.


Referring back to the subjectivity of reality throughout the film trilogy, Morpheus' last lines in The Matrix Revolutions, said in disbelief as the Sentinels retreat from Zion, are "Is this real?"


Online

In Chapter 1.2 of The Matrix Online, Morpheus (operated by the game development staff) grows impatient with the Machines. He demands that they return the body of Neo. After many unanswered public speeches threatening action, Morpheus starts terrorist attacks throughout the Matrix. These attacks take the form of code bombs: weapons that reveal the Matrix's inner workings (its code) for all human beings to see, even those not yet awakened to the simulation. This is known to have caused mass panic and forced awakenings to those not ready to see the truth. By killing Morpheus' simulacrum guards, redpills were able to find means of disabling Morpheus's bombs. With few allies in Zion or anywhere else for that matter, Morpheus' erratic, nightmarish zealotry became closer to that of the false terrorist accusations made about him by the Agents before the Truce, during the war. The Matrix Online (MxO) is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Monolith Productions. ... “Zealot” redirects here. ...


During the game events on May 26, 2005 (as recorded on the game's official website), Morpheus plants a code bomb in a water treatment facility (it has been repeatedly stated that this specific location is somehow important on a deeper level). After planting the bomb, he realizes he is being hunted by the enigmatic, masked figure known as the Assassin. Morpheus is barely able to escape the treatment facility; however, upon his leaving, the Assassin bends the code of the Matrix and emerges from a vent in the wall. Morpheus is caught off-guard and is unable to dodge the Assassin's bullets. He dies from gunshot wounds. is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A logic bomb is a piece of code intentionally inserted into a software system that will set off a malicious function when specified conditions are met. ...


As with Neo and Trinity, Morpheus' remains in the real world have yet to be found. However, during Chapter 6.2, a Live Event states that EPN controller Shimada and Zion operative Ghost manage to indentify recent traces of the captain's beacon for Morpheus' post-war hovercraft, the Nabonidus.


Some players argued against the death of the character Morpheus as the Matrix now provides an "Emergency Jack-Out" upgrade for redpills, eliminating the permanent death that previous redpills experienced if killed within the Matrix before the Truce. This feature could save a redpill's life with no fatal injuries. However, it was later revealed that the Assassin's bullets had contained a new form of code encryption, named a "kill code", which bypassed this technology. These kill codes are explained to be extremely difficult to produce and usually require a direct sample of the subject's residual self image data, thus making them extremely rare and only used in the most extreme and specialist of circumstances.


However, rumors and the popular belief of a faked death still run rampant, largely based on the fact that prior to Morpheus' assassination a few select redpills were sent an email stating that he would likely have to "fade away" to lay low.


Also, in the aftermath of the Assassin's downfall, it is discovered that the his gun and bullets, which contained several kill codes for key figures, are missing. It was never directly confirmed but many believe these were in the possession of the later turned rogue Zion controller, Anome.


As of April 2007, an RSI transmission appearing to be that of Morpheus has appeared throughout the city at random claiming that Neo is still alive and that the Machines have him captive. However, these transmissions have been recently revealed to be a fabrication made by the Exile known as The General, planning to sow dissent amongst the redpills of Zion and the Machines.


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