The Matrix is arguably one of the greatest modern science fiction universes. In addition to the original trilogy of movies, there’s a collection of short animated stories, a video game franchise, and comic books. It’s little wonder dedicated fans still fervently watch the original trilogy and come up with The Matrix theories decades after the first film debuted in theaters. Given the complex mythology and symbolism present in the films, it makes sense some of these fan theories about The Matrix are kind of crazy.
Most The Matrix conspiracy theories stem from the complicated plot and deep themes permeating the franchise. The second and third movies, some elements of which seem to contradict information provided in the original film, are a source of many of these theories; each spends a significant portion of its runtime diving deep into the philosophical underpinnings of the series (many would say at the expense of the quality of the films). And if the movies aren’t enough, you’ve also got fan theories from The Matrix series.
That the Internet was first beginning its dominance of cultural discourse when the original Matrix trilogy came out meant viewers had the chance to discuss ideas about The Matrix mysteries online. This environment gave birth to some compelling fan theories that hope to explain some of the more confusing moments from the franchise.
Cypher Uses The Lady In The Red Dress To Secretly Get Into The Matrix
It’s clear Mouse is open to the idea of letting the rest of the crew spend time with his female creation, as he asks neo if he wants him to arrange a meeting. Cypher may have taken Mouse up on this offer as a way of getting plugged in. He could then load himself into the Matrix without raising suspicions or being detected, possibly having asked Mouse to not watch over proceedings, so he could have some privacy. This freed up time for Cypher to then meet up with Agent Smith and arrange his scheme.
The Matrix Is Really Small
Instead, it appears as if the Matrix is one large city with some surrounding geographical areas. To back up this claim, the theorist uses quotes from characters when they refer to locations such as “the freeway” or “the mountains.” These terms are generic, rather than specific, suggesting they might be the only freeway and mountains in the Matrix.
The Machines Are Using Humans For Computing Power Rather Than Sheer Energy
Redditor hungrybackpack suggests machines may be using humans more as organic computers to provide processing power. Each human would act as a biological CPU that could then be used to by the machines, with the simulation acting as a sort of interface.
The Machines Scorched The Sky
Redditor IAmBirdPerson believes this is unlikely to be the genuine account of what happened. According to the theory, it would make much more sense for the machines to block the sun. Having found alternative sources of power, they could destroy humanity’s access to warmth and food, whilst forcing humans underground. The machines could then simply rewrite history, suggesting to all those plugged into the Matrix that humans were responsible for the event.
The Real World Was Just Another Level Of The Matrix
The theory accounts for a number of logic discrepancies in the series, such as Neo using some of his powers outside the Matrix, and Agent Smith being able to control Bane after he left the Matrix.
Agent Smith Is The One
Consider this – Smith was born in the Matrix when Neo tried to destroy him, which makes Neo his creator in his second, more powerful iteration, which is intrinsic to the system, and can manipulate it at will. As the prophecy says:
“When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit… After he died the Oracle prophesized his return and that his coming would hail the destruction of the Matrix, end the war, bring freedom to our people.”
If Smith is the one, Neo is the father of the one. As this fan theory suggests, the Oracle deceived everyone so she could manipulate the system behind the scenes to her benefit. Because she guided events that led to Smith’s rebirth as the One, she is his mother.
Neo’s Real World Powers Came About As Agent Smith Left The Matrix
A theory by Redditor agroom suggests the abilities Neo apparently gained to sense the sentinels and destroy them outside of the Matrix simulation came about because of Agent Smith. Smith, a rogue program, escapes the Matrix by possessing Bane when he’s in the simulation. When Bane is jacked out of the simulation, Smith stays in him, and enters the real world.
As per this theory, when Agent Smith leaves the Matrix and takes his powers with him into the real world, he opens a channel by which Neo can take his powers out of the Matrix and use them in the real world. Because the two are connected.
Humanity Willingly Entered Into The Matrix And The Machines Are Looking After Them
Do the humans who aren’t in the Matrix know this, or are they being fed propaganda and fake history by a small contingent of leaders who refused to take part in this scheme? Are people really being used as batteries by machines, or is this part of the nefarious human propaganda machine?
Cypher Betrayed The Group After Being Driven Mad By His Prophecy From The Oracle
If The One dies, and if Cypher plays a hand in killing him, well, what’s the point of anything? Why fight at all if the fight cannot be one?
Trinity Really Did Die In The Matrix Reloaded
Some evidence for this comes from the change in Trinity after the event. She acts differently, and dresses more like Neo, almost as if his some of his desires and thoughts were transferred to her as he recreated her mind.
Neo Is The One Because Of Genetic Mutation
The theory also goes some way to revealing exactly why the One is so different from other humans; he carries a small evolutionary change in his biology that gives his extra abilities. The final proof comes when Neo is able to feel the sentinels that attack his ship. The theory argues that Neo can attune to their signals such that he can interact with them.
Neo Did Not Destroy The Sentinels, They Had A Fail Safe So They Cannot Kill Him
The theory points out that the importance of the One to the survival of the Matrix and, thereby, the machines, is explained to Neo by the Architect. They need him to reboot the simulation and restart Zion. Given Neo’s importance to the system, it’s unlikely they would kill him.
Because of this, the theory suggests all sentinels have a failsafe preventing them from killing the One. When they reach Neo, this system kicks in, and stops them from hurting him. Unrelated to the machines shutting down, Neo collapses from overexertion after saving Trinity and escaping the previous attack.
Morpheus Is A Villain Working With The Machines Against Humanity
The theory goes on to to state Morpheus is working with the machines to bring about the downfall of humanity, acting as an agent to help influence events, and Neo, to work out as the Architect intended.
John Wick 2 Is Actually A Matrix Sequel
The conclusion the theory comes to is the events and realities of both movie universes are so similar they must be part of the same world.