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Encyclopedia > Seraph (The Matrix)
"I am Seraph, guardian of the Oracle. I can take you to her, but first I must apologize. For this."

Seraph is the name of a fictional character (played by Collin Chou) in the science fiction film saga, The Matrix. He is portrayed as the personification of a sophisticated CHAP which guards the Oracle. Image File history File links The_Matrix_Reloaded_-_Seraph_screenshot. ... Image File history File links The_Matrix_Reloaded_-_Seraph_screenshot. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Collin Chou (born August 11, 1967 in Taiwan), sometimes credited as Ngai Sing, is a Taiwanese actor best known in the United States for his portrayal of Seraph in 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. ... The Matrix is a science fiction/action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano and Hugo Weaving. ... In computing, the Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) authenticates a user to an Internet access provider. ... 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. ...


The role was initially offered to Michelle Yeoh, but she declined due to a scheduling conflict. The character was changed to a male, with Jet Li being offered a role. As Li declined the role, stating that the movie could do well without his presence, Chou signed on. Dato Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born August 6, 1962) is a Hong Kong-based actress and dancer, sometimes billed as Michelle Khan. Yeoh is a Chinese Malaysian born in Ipoh, Malaysia. ... Jet Li (born Li Lianjie on April 26th, 1963 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese actor, Wushu champion and international film celebrity. ...

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The Matrix

In The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Seraph is seen acting as a "guardian angel" of the Oracle. He refers to himself several times as "Seraph, Guardian of the Oracle," but in actuality he has held this position since long before the timeframe in which the first film takes place. We also learn from a scene later in the movie that Agent Smith has tried to hunt him before, but that Seraph confounded him in these attempts; Seraph also points out that he has "beaten him [Smith] before," implying that the two may have in fact met in battle before, but that the scenario is different now that Smith has become disconnected from the Matrix and has become an entity unto himself. 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 last film in the Matrix trilogy. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Over the course of the Reloaded and Revolutions plot arcs, he has three brief altercations with warriors of Zion. The first is with Ballard, which he stages in order to get to know him; the second, with Neo, to prove he is the One. The third takes place in the closing stages of Enter the Matrix, after the conclusion of Reloaded but before the beginning of Revolutions. Seraph summons either Niobe or her First Mate Ghost to meet the Oracle. Whoever he summons, he first tests that person with another battle, in order to "test his/her heart's resolve" (or, more technically, a Challenge-response authentication). In the The Matrix films, Zion was the last human city, which existed deep underground to hide itself from its enemies as well as for warmth. ... Neo is the name of the central fictional character from the movie The Matrix and its sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... The One may refer to: // The One (magazine), a video game magazine The One, an ambiguous character in the Animorphs book series The One (comic), a comic book published by Epic Comics The One (manhua), a manhua by Nicky Lee The One, a game based on the movie The One... Enter the Matrix is the first video game based on the Matrix series. ... 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. ... Many fictional characters appear in the Matrix series. ... In computer security, challenge-response authentication is a family of protocols in which one party presents a question (challenge) and another party must provide a valid answer (response) to be authenticated. ...


In Revolutions, Trinity and Morpheus meet with the Oracle so that she can help them locate Neo. She explains that he lies within a place that is neither the Matrix nor the Real World: a construct created by the Trainman. Seraph, she says, knows how to find him, and will lead them to him. 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. ... 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 Matrix is the virtual reality simulation that is the main setting of the Matrix series of science fiction films, comics and games. ... The Trainman is a fictional character seen in the film The Matrix Revolutions and the game Enter the Matrix. ...


The trio departs to the Megacity's subways. Seraph tracks down the Trainman in short order, but after a short chase and exchange of fire, he escapes. Without further action to take to this end, Seraph deems it right that they should meet the Merovingian, for whom the Trainman works. This is an article on the fictional character The Merovingian in The Matrix Trilogy. ...


It transpires that the Merovingian is holding court at his decadent nightclub Club Hel. During the assault on Hel's gates, Seraph is reffered as "the wingless," by one of the guards. The three make their way to the club and battle with a number of the Merovingian's guards, who they dispatch with relative ease. They then exchange threats with the Merovingian; Trinity's threat seems to hold greater gravity than the Merovingian's (thanks to a gigantic Mexican standoff she creates), and the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar are reunited. Spoiler warning: The Merovingian and Persephone at Club Hel In the movie The Matrix Revolutions and the game,The Matrix Online,Club Hel is a nightclub run by The Merovingian, a ruthless, powerful elder program in the Matrix. ... A photomanipulation depicting a mexican standoff. ... The Nebuchadnezzar is a hovercraft captained by Morpheus in the Matrix movies. ...


Some time later, Seraph flees with Sati from the increasingly powerful Smith, to little avail. In due course, Smith catches up to them. Seraph mentions that he has defeated Smith in the past. Smith assimilates them both, adding two more copies of himself to his growing collective of Smiths. Sati is a fictional character (played by Tanveer K. Atwal) in the science fiction film, The Matrix Reloaded, named after a Hindu deity who committed suicide after her parents forbade her marriage. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Collective can also refer to the collective pitch flight control in helicopters A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. ...


Upon Smith's destruction at Neo's hands, however, all the minds that Smith has infiltrated are freed from his abduction, including Seraph's.


The Matrix Online

At this time, Seraph's alignment is uncertain. In The Matrix Online he claims he isn't allied with any of the three Factions, that he protects the Oracle and Sati - and that he will use force to protect them if need be. However, there is some speculation that he has actually allied himself with the Merovingian or has at least worked for him in the past; when Seraph aids Morpheus and Trinity's raid on Club Hel, the Merovingian says to him, in a voice thick with disdain, "The Prodigal Child returns!" implying Seraph had left his service to protect the Oracle, and also calls him a 'Judas' implying that Seraph betrayed the Merovingian at some point of his service. He also calls Seraph "L'ange sans ses ailes", which is French for "The angel without his/her wings". In the guide to the Matrix: Path of Neo, he is actually stated to have worked for the Merovingian at some point in the past. The Matrix Online (MxO) is a MMORPG developed by Monolith Productions. ... For the American black metal band, see Judas Iscariot (band). ...


His skills as a warrior are almost unmatched, and he is slightly lower than Neo's skill. Despite not having his wings, Seraph is still able to hyperjump beyond the range of many exiles and redpills.


As of Chapter 6.3, Sati has been kidnapped by the General's commandos after a lengthy observation, with Seraph attempting to rescue her, only to end up falling into the river. By Chapter 7.1, it is revealed that Seraph has managed to swim out of the river, but has attacked various redpills and bluepills absorbing their code (most likely as a result of accidentally absorbing the cheat code vials as the Agents dumped it into the river). This has recently been revealed to be releasing the attacked individuals from an overwritten personality by the Machines, much like Agent Smith overwrote Bane and others in Reloaded and Revolutions. His most signifigant target was Cryptos, leader of the Cypherite faction. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Etymology

Seraph is a biblical allusion to the first of nine orders of angels, the Seraphim. This allusion is also evidenced by the fire-like appearance of Seraph when Neo sees him in his coded form. The word 'seraphim' comes from the Hebrew word saraph meaning 'burning'. In the short fight right before the "coat check" fight in Revolutions, one of the guards is seen calling him "wingless". 六翼天使 Seraphim(六翼天使) is a Taiwanese symphonic metal band similar to Nightwish and Therion. ... “Hebrew” redirects here. ... Saraph שרף (Saraph in English), is the Israeli name for the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack Helicopter, in its Israeli Air Force configuration. ...


See also

The Matrix series
The MatrixThe Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix: Final Flight of the OsirisThe Second RenaissanceKid's StoryProgramWorld RecordBeyondA Detective StoryMatriculated
Soundtracks: The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture The Matrix: Original Motion Picture Score The Matrix Reloaded: The Album The Animatrix: The AlbumThe Matrix Revolutions: Music from the Motion PictureEnter the Matrix: Original Soundtrack from the Videogame • The Matrix: Path of Neo - Music from the Video Game
Video games: Enter the MatrixThe Matrix OnlineThe Matrix: Path of Neo
Characters: NeoTrinityMorpheusAgent SmithAgentsOracleArchitectNiobeMerovingianPersephoneSatiSeraphTwinsDeus Ex MachinaMinor human charactersPrograms and machines
Locations: The Matrix universeMega CityClub HelMobil Ave.Zero One (Machine City)ZionShips from The Matrix series
Cast and crew: Wachowski BrothersKeanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne MossHugo WeavingJada Pinkett Smith • Owen Paterson • John GaetaGeof DarrowSteve Skroce
Other topics: The Matrix ComicsThematic motifsMatrix digital rainThe Matrix character namesThe Matrix RevisitedThe Ultimate Matrix Collection • Matrix cell phone • BluepillRedpill
Related topics: Bullet timeCyberpunkDigitalismThe Hero's JourneyMartial arts filmSimulated realityVirtual realityThe Official Matrix ExhibitCadillac CTS
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