One of the main issues in Matrix forums and Matrix blogs is whether or not
Neo, Trinity and others are programs.
Agent Smith: "You're empty."
Neo: "So are you."
Please note, that although Neo is described as 'human' it does
not mean he is 'a human'. Persephone is human, too (=behaving like a female), though she is a program. And
being half-machine and half-human makes you human and machine-like. And
wouldn't you agree that Neo is really both?
Architect: "Though the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human."
By "the process"
the Architect might very well mean 'the combining of a human with a machine'.
Please read also section Matrix
Neo a program? Is Neo half-human and half-machine? Is he A.I.?
- For me it is totally unexplainable how the Oracle (a program) can see the human
future (=a non-program's future).
How can an oracle program tell Morpheus (who has to search all his life for the One)
that he is going to find the one? How can a program see, that Trinity is going to fall in love with
the One? How can a program know, that Neo was "not
in Zion and has dreamed
in Zion about "The door made of light"?
Theory 1 why the Oracle can see the future:
Marginal note: Please remember, that in Blade
Runner the human Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) finds out that
he is a replicant, because Gaff (played by Edward James Olmos) knows that he
has dreamt about a unicorn.
How can a program see, that either Neo or Morpheus has to die?
Only if it is already programmed so or heavily pushed in that direction:
Every choice is already made/ programmed
is deeply implanted into humans
- This supports the theory that Neo and Trinity are programs/ machines
are totally manipulated by the system.
The Oracle's explanation...
Oracle: "We can never see past the choices we don't understand."
- The Merovingians words make more sense...
Merovingian: "Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without."
...and he continues to demonstrate (with his 'quickie' cake)
that choice doesn't matter anyway, because...
Merovingian: "soon it does not matter, soon the why and the reason are gone, and all that matters is the feeling
...and the only truth is "Cause and effect" (he
is cause and the woman is effect, she didn't make any choice)
This may be a hint, that the Matrix is not totally unwanted
that the reason for the Matrix has been forgotten/ is hidden.
Marginal note: Even the Merovingian's curse is an example
of cause and effect:
Merovingian: "Nom de dieu de putain de bordel de
merde de saloperie de connard d'enculé de ta mère"
which translates as: "Name of god of whore of brothel
of shit of filth of jerk of fuck of arse of
Oracle: "You didn't come here to make the choice, you've already made it".
Merovingian (when Neo comes in): "Aha, here he is at
last. Neo, the One himself, right? And the legendary Morpheus. And Trinity,
He talks as if everything goes as programmed or as if history would repeat
Agent Smith says something similar
Agent Smith [Matrix 1]:
"The great Morpheus. We meet at last."
Architect: "While your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most
Not only that he knows already what Neo will ask, it also means, that to give
him the reason doesn't matter anyway, because he will do as the System wants him
Smith: "Perhaps some part of [Neo] imprinted onto me, something overwritten or copied. That is at this point
irrelevant, what matters is that
whatever happened, happened for a reason."
Morpheus: "Everything begins with choice."
Morpheus: "What happened happened and couldn't have happened any other
What the heck? Morpheus not only contradicts himself. He also
tells the same thing as Smith...
Smith: "Whatever happened, happened for a reason."
...and even in Matrix 1 when
talking to Neo's freeing...
Morpheus: "I'm sorry [for freeing you out of the Matrix though you are so
old]. I did what I did because I had to"
Well, well. The great Morpheus, the believer of choice, is a disciple of
Smith: "You destroyed me, Mister Anderson. Afterward, I
knew the rules"
Maybe Smith hints at 'knowing the programmed future'.
Architect: "The function of the One is now to
return to the Source."
The Architect seems to be pretty sure, that Neo's future path will lead him
anywhere but back to him:
Neo: "If I were you, I would hope that we don't meet again."
Architect: "We won't."
Theory 2 why the Oracle can see the future:
(It could be a combination of both heavy guidance plus mind-reading.
The system knows your inner thoughts and presents you choices, where it is
already obvious what you will take.)
Humans are heavily guided into wanted outcomes.
- This is supported by Neo's statement...
Neo: "The problem is choice"
...because if every human could be guided as the Matrix wants,
there wouldn't be any problem. Remember Agent Smith's pressurized interrogation of
Neo in Matrix 1,
giving him a choice to work with the system or against the system.
This is also supported by...
Architect: "nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even
if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level"
...because it means humans will not fight against a predestined future as long as
they feel a minimal possibility of choosing.
This is also supported by the Merovingian's speech about
predestination and that there is no choice but only cause and
Merovingian: "You are here because you were sent
here, you were told to come here and you obeyed. It is, of course, the way of
all things...It is the only real truth...Action - Reaction. Cause and effect."
Morpheus: "Everything begins with choice."
Merovingian: "No. Wrong. Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without".
Architect: "Hope. It is the
The Architect states here, that hope is useless (since
the future is already known).
Oracle [Enter the
Matrix]: "The path of the One is made
by the many. I have a role
to play, just as you [Niobe] have yours."
Neo breaks the vase in Matrix 1:
Oracle: "I'd ask you to sit down, but you're not going to anyway. And don't worry about the vase."
Neo: "What vase? [Neo turns around looking for the vase and breaks it]"
Oracle: "That vase."
Neo: "I'm sorry."
Oracle: "I said don't worry about it."
It is hard to imagine how a software could predict this, except if she
guided him and/or could read his programming.
The Architect states that Neo's question "Why
am I here?" is the "most irrelevant"
question. The Architect probably wants to point out that this question doesn't
matter, because everything is somehow guided anyway. It is interesting, that
the Merovingian plays a counter-part to the Architect: The Architect says it
is "irrelevant" while the Merovingian
indicates that it's a very important question with an important answer, without
which he won't let the Keymaker go:
Merovingian: "Do you know why you are here?"
Morpheus: "We are looking for the Keymaker."
Merovingian: "...This is not a reason, this is not a 'why'...The Keymaker is mine and I see
no reason why I should give him up. No reason at all."
But maybe the Architect refers to Neo's first-ever question "Who
And maybe the Architect didn't want to say that the question itself is
irrelevant but of all questions Neo would like to ask it is the least
- Architect on Neo and his predecessors (hints at Neo being a
Architect: "Your 5 predecessors were, by
design, based on a similar predication - a contingent affirmation that was
meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species,
facilitating the function of the One".
If Neo is a program/machine this would explain Smith's speech to Neo about 'purpose':
Smith: "It is purpose that created
us... that guides us,... defines... us"
Smith: "Without purpose, we would not
Smith: "We're here because of you, Mr. Anderson, we're here to take from you what you tried to take from us. Purpose."
Smith tries now to 'change' Neo (=take the purpose away) and Neo states afterwards:
Neo: "Felt like dying."
If purpose created Neo then deleting purpose feels like dying.
Keymaker: "We do only what we're meant to do."
Keymaker: "I know because I must know. It's my purpose. It's the reason I'm here. Same reason we're all here."
Morpheus: "I see purpose. I believe it is our fate to be here"
Oracle: "We're all here to do what
we're all here to do"
- As you remember Morpheus has his famous '5-meter jump' and Trinity
has her 'float-before-kick-move'.
- The Seraph (the 'friend' of the
Seraph: "You do not truly know someone until you fight them".
- Also Neo states (just after the first contact with an agent):
Neo: " Hmm. Upgrades."
This could be a hint that Morpheus, Trinity and Neo are (in)distinguishable from programs.
- The Oracle says in Matrix 1:
Oracle: "Poor Morpheus, without him we
Maybe a hint, that Morpheus is a program.
- Maybe only non-programs can lie (e.g. Cypher). Maybe programs
(machines) cannot lie. Thus if the Architect is the creator of the
Matrix, he is not a program maybe, thus he lied maybe.
- This would also explain why the former 'One' (who freed the first
humans as mentioned by Morpheus) didn't tell anything about what
happened in the mainframe. His memories had been deleted and he had
been reprogrammed. See also section Memory
- Neo and Trinity are quite emotionally fixed. You never see them
laugh, for example. Thomas A. Anderson (Neo) has always
his 'The One' face put on. He delivers his lines curtly/ brusquely: "Why?",
"The Keymaker"..... Some call this
- In Matrix 1 the
Oracle: "I'm going to let you in on a little
secret. Being the One is just like being in love...."
How the heck does a software (Oracle) know how it is to be the One?
Maybe she was a former One herself?
- Since the Merovingian seems to be a program (see section Was
the Merovingian a former Neo?) Neo could be one, too.
- At the end of Matrix 2 Neo
stops the sentinels. Why does he faint? Maybe he created an EMP blast and was
Maybe he is a machine
he is a human body with machine parts in it (= cyborg/ android), but that
parts were inactive and were activated just after going to the Architect. Or
after contact with Smith? Now these parts enable him to eject an EMP blast but
he blasts himself, too.
This 'Neo=manmachine theory' is one of the better ones and could make it
possible that Neo is in the matrix while not "plugged in".
- Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith) said in an interview:
Hugo Weaving: "I don't know, technically, quite how
[taking over others] happens...To me, [Smith]'s become like a computer virus.
And I think that's actually what's happening. He's taking over other
- I somehow don't accept the following as a proof that Neo is a program (it
isn't a counterevidence either):
Architect: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an
I merely read is as: 'What happened to you, happened because the Matrix is
flawed'. I don't read it as 'You are a software'.
- Something interesting:
Architect: "We already know what you are going to do...Already, I can see the...chemical precursors
that signal the onset of an emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic and reason"
This is a strange statement, since it says
- The location where Neo is doesn't inhibit chemistry. Thus
Neo is not in a pure computer code environment.
- The emotion is designed. It could mean that
programming code is acting thru chemical signals
manifestating as emotion overriding logic.
- In Matrix 1:
Morpheus: "How is [Neo]"?
Tank: "Ten hours straight [of training/ martial arts
uploading]. He's a machine."
Not exactly a hard evidence that Neo is a machine.
- Architect: "Your 5 predecessors were...based on a similar predication...to create a profound attachment to the rest of
What ever that means....Not a hard evidence either that he is a 100%
Reprogramming the path of The One (=Swallow and Follow, Oral and
Some have stated that Neo can be reprogrammed/ upgraded if something is
inserted into his mouth:
- Morpheus gives Neo the red pill.
- The Oracle gives him cookies (cookies!):
Oracle [Matrix 1]:
"One of you is going to die. Which one will be up to you...Here, take a cookie. I promise, by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain."
Marginal note: In a web chat the Wachowskis told:
Wachowski brothers: "There was a
piece cut out of the movie that explained the significance [of Neo eating
the cookie] more. It's hard to explain."
- Trinity gives him a kiss (and he raises from the dead and becomes the
- The Oracle gives him a candy.
However we don't see him eating it: This
might be the reason why he chooses the left door afterwards.
- Persephone kisses him.
In the background you see a green waterfall. Maybe that is a symbol for code
being transferred (like the green 'digital rain' Matrix code).
- The Oracle inspects Neo's mouth (Matrix 1)
Oracle: "Well, I better have a look at you. Open your mouth, say
- Neo (to Oracle): "Why are you here?"
Oracle: "Same reason. I love candy."
In other words: 'She wants to be updated'. However one could it also read as
'I love to experience taste', since the Matrix could be a way to 'experience'
as I wrote in The
purpose of the Matrix.
Marginal note #1: The woman in the
Merovingian's castle was also 'reprogrammed' thru her mouth (by the Erovingian's
software, a 'quickie cookie' and a 'tart tart' and 'interesting...that was
quickier than the others', so to speak).
Marginal note #2: Persephone,
the Greek Queen of the underworld, was tricked by her husband Hades (=the
Merovingian?) to eat 6 pomegranate seeds, that forced her to stay in the
underworld (the Merovingian's castle?).
Well, I don't know about this mouth thing....Could be true....
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