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This is an article on the fictional character "The Merovingian" in The Matrix Trilogy. For other uses of the name 'Merovingian', see Merovingian (disambiguation). The term Merovingian has several uses: The Merovingian dynasty of Frankish kings ruled an area of modern France and Germany from the 5th to 8th century AD. Merovingian script was a type of script used in the Merovingian kingdom. ...

The Merovingian is a character (played by Lambert Wilson) in the movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He is a powerful and dangerous program with the persona of an elitist and bourgeois, overly-mannered French gourmet and powerbroker who enjoys fine pleasantries and scintillating banter. He is married to Persephone, who resents his philandering. The Merovingian is the leader of a group of Exiles, employs The Twins and others as his henchmen, holds the Keymaker prisoner, and controls the Trainman. Lambert Wilson (born August 3, 1958 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) is a French actor. ... The Matrix Reloaded is the second installment of the Matrix series, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers and released by Warner Bros. ... The Matrix Revolutions is the third film in the Matrix trilogy. ... Bourgeois at the end of the thirteenth century. ... In the movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Persephone (played by Monica Bellucci) is the wife of The Merovingian. ... Spoiler warning: This article regards the characters from The Matrix; for the baseball team, see Minnesota Twins Description and Explaination In The Matrix, The Twins are the two silvery/albino henchmen of The Merovingian who can become translucent and move through solid objects. ... 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. ... The Trainman is a fictional character seen in the film The Matrix Revolutions and the game Enter the Matrix. ...

Trivia and Speculation on the Merovingian's Origins

  • The Merovingian was named for the Merovingian dynasty of Frankish kings.
  • When The Oracle speaks to Neo of "vampires, ghosts, and werewolves," she is foreshadowing his encounter with the Merovingian and his entourage, which includes programs that appear to be ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. These henchmen are likely programs that the Merovingian had saved from an older version of the Matrix where they were used to control humans. However, according to Persephone, these monsters created more problems than they solved.
  • The Merovingian states that he has survived all of Neo's predecessors. Persephone also reveals that the Merovingian used to be "like Neo" when she speaks of his past when she fell in love with him.
  • Some speculation believes that the Merovingian is some sort of vampire, or even a previous One. (Note that the floor number of the Merovingian's restaurant in The Matrix Reloaded is 101, a number that appears throughout the Matrix movies in places where Neo frequents.) Since we are told that the One is a human used for control, it is unlikely that the Merovingian could be a previous One as he is merely a program within the system that cannot exist outside it.
  • Another theory is based on the number-play seen throughout the trilogy (i.e. Trinity is first seen in room 303, and Neo in room 101): The Merovingian's restaurant is named "Le Vrai" (which means "The Truth" in French), and the initials "LV" appear on many of its walls. However, "LV" is also Roman numerals for "55", which given the previous number-play scheme could refer to "5". The Architect told Neo that there had been 5 "Ones" before Neo. Also, when the Merovingian is first seen at his table, he has 5 glasses at his seat, while Persephone (perhaps his analog of Trinity) has three chocolates on her plate.
  • There is also speculation from fans that the Merovingian was intentionally created by the Machines as yet another "form of control"; in this case being a program created specifically to contain and control rogue programs within the Matrix. Also, symbolically, the Snake from the Christian Bible. He represents an alternative to the pious aspects of Machine life/culture.
  • Based on the allusions in the movie of Persephone (in Greek myth, the kidnapped wife of Hades, god of the underworld) and the name of his nightclub, Club Hel, the information in the movies appear to support the Merovingian's origin as one of the major elder influences of the Matrix's creation. Perhaps the Merovingian was the program that added cause-effect elements to Matrix beta 2 (the second version of the Matrix described by the Architect that also resulted in failure) to bring a level of simulated choice in order to keep human minds from rejecting it. This is further supported by the Oracle's comment to Neo that the Merovingian is "one of the oldest of" programs such as she. Since the Oracle was key in creating a successful Matrix, this justifies the Merovingian's actions in trying to kill the Oracle: He may be jealous.
  • The Merovingian's speech that there is "no free will in the world, only lines of causality" closely mirrors the works of the philospher Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes said that there are only lines of cause and effect in life, and the best one can do is enjoy oneself in life with material pleasures, which the Merovingian does in abundance. This is interesting because Neo and Morpheus seem to represent Socrates in the Matrix trilogy (the Matrix itself could be viewed as a modern day version of Plato's allegory of the Cave, in which Socrates (in this case Neo) urges people to break out of the Cave that they think is the real world (the Matrix) to be free in the Real World). Hobbes was a major critic of Socrates' works and believed in the exact opposite of his teachings.
  • He is named after the Merovingian Dynasty of French kings, who believed themselves to be descendents of Jesus Christ via Mary Magdalene and bearers of the Holy Grail. Hence the many chalices on his table.
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 | 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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