Top 50 The Matrix Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Matrix facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Matrix film message.

Morpheus nods at the blind man in the lobby of the Oracle and he nods back.

Water on windows foreshadowed code
Water on windows foreshadowed code

The Matrix Trivia

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  1. The hotel room where Trinity is monitoring Neo in the first scene of the movie is the same room where Neo is shot by Agent Smith while trying to leave the Matrix at the end.

  2. A fight scene occurs involving Neo vs multiple clones of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). Although the scene was mostly CGI they still useda lot of stunt doubles for Hugo in the scene. Seeing his stunt doubles is how he discovered his receding hairline.

  3. The Oracle phrases her conversation with Neo in a way that prevents her from telling him whether or not he's the one herself because she states earlier "No one can tell you... You just know it."

The Matrix Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • Trinity resets a system password to "Z10N0101", which can be read as "Zion5". Under the zero-based indexing common in computing, this might refer to the 6th Zion. This scene precedes the revelation that the Matrix is in its 6th iteration.

  • 1 - Morpheus is on Neo's computer screen in the beginning.
    Morpheus is on Neo's computer screen in the beginning.
  • 1 - The Kid asks Neo if he remembered ever eating Tastee Wheat. Then, in The Matrix Revolutions (2003), an advertisement for Tastee Wheat is briefly shown in the train station chase scene.
    The Kid asks Neo if he remembered ever eating Tastee Wheat. Then, in The Matrix Revolutions (2003), an advertisement for Tastee Wheat is briefly shown in the train station chase scene.
  • The license plate of Trinity's car is DA 203, which is a reference to the Bible verse Daniel 2:03 which reads; "..."I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means"

  • 1 - Mankind blots out the sun in an attempt to stop sentient machines who run on solar power at the time. Neo drinks a Sol beer before meeting Trinity.
    Mankind blots out the sun in an attempt to stop sentient machines who run on solar power at the time. Neo drinks a Sol beer before meeting Trinity.
  • 1 - The only member of the Nebuchadnezzar crew to vocalize a greeting when being introduced to Neo by Morpheus is the traitor, Cypher
    The only member of the Nebuchadnezzar crew to vocalize a greeting when being introduced to Neo by Morpheus is the traitor, Cypher

The Matrix Hidden Details

1 - At the end of The Matrix, Neo makes a call to the machines from a phone booth. Two movies later, Neo and Agent Smith are seen falling from the sky and collide with the ground at the same intersection as the phone booth from the end of the first Matrix; the phone booth can be seen in the background.
At the end of The Matrix, Neo makes a call to the machines from a phone booth. Two movies later, Neo and Agent Smith are seen falling from the sky and collide with the ground at the same intersection as the phone booth from the end of the first Matrix; the phone booth can be seen in the background.
1 - Neo has 80 lines of dialogue before taking the red pill. Of those, 44 are questions (roughly 1 per minute). This was meant to reinforce Neo's core theme as someone who questions reality.
Neo has 80 lines of dialogue before taking the red pill. Of those, 44 are questions (roughly 1 per minute). This was meant to reinforce Neo's core theme as someone who questions reality.
1 - Agent Smith's suit doesn't have the green tint of the Matrix (shown on the other agent's), illustrating that he is now out of the System.
Agent Smith's suit doesn't have the green tint of the Matrix (shown on the other agent's), illustrating that he is now out of the System.
1 - Agent Smith wears the same rectangular sunglasses as the other Agents. But in the sequels, he wears a unique angular pair closer in style to Neo's - illustrating how the two have become linked.
Agent Smith wears the same rectangular sunglasses as the other Agents. But in the sequels, he wears a unique angular pair closer in style to Neo's - illustrating how the two have become linked.
1 - Neo/One becomes trapped in "Mobil" train station, an anagram for "Limbo".
Neo/One becomes trapped in "Mobil" train station, an anagram for "Limbo".
1 - The company that Neo works for in The Matrix (1999) is called Metacortex. The cerebral cortex of a human is responsible for thinking, perceiving and understanding the concept of consciousness, the central topic of the film itself
The company that Neo works for in The Matrix (1999) is called Metacortex. The cerebral cortex of a human is responsible for thinking, perceiving and understanding the concept of consciousness, the central topic of the film itself
1 - Merovingian leaves to 'go take a piss" (aka cheat on Persephone). After he leaves, Persephone takes Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus into the men's bathroom to help them get to the Keymaker because she knows Merovingian won't be in there.
Merovingian leaves to 'go take a piss" (aka cheat on Persephone). After he leaves, Persephone takes Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus into the men's bathroom to help them get to the Keymaker because she knows Merovingian won't be in there.
1 - Neo listens to his boss, but is distracted by the window cleaners on the platform outside the building. We see not one but two close ups of the soapy water as it runs down the glass, a reference to the Matrix code trickling down a monitor.
Neo listens to his boss, but is distracted by the window cleaners on the platform outside the building. We see not one but two close ups of the soapy water as it runs down the glass, a reference to the Matrix code trickling down a monitor.
1 - The face of The Architect, the creator of the Matrix, was based from Vinton Gray Cerf, recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet"
The face of The Architect, the creator of the Matrix, was based from Vinton Gray Cerf, recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet"

So many actors reportedly turned down roles in The Matrix (1999) that every major character in the film has a famous actor who was offered to play them, but refused. Here are just some of them.

Neo is trapped in a train station which is in between the real world and the matrix. The station is called Mobil Ave, an anagram for limbo.

The Oracle informs Neo that he isn't the One, but maybe he will be in the next life. It's not until Agent Smith kills him that he comes back to life as the One. (One more detail in comments)

1 - - When Morpheus first appears in the construct, his glasses are opaque black so that the camera does not see it's own reflection as it moves toward him. In later shots they are his traditional mirrored glasses.
- When Morpheus first appears in the construct, his glasses are opaque black so that the camera does not see it's own reflection as it moves toward him. In later shots they are his traditional mirrored glasses.

Trinity uses the nmap command correctly to change the power station's root password and gain access.

There are no white shirts. Everything you see as white on the screen has been through a green dye bath.

The Oracle tells Neo he has already made his choice about saving Trinity. This is visualized in the scene with the Architect when he stands closer to the door that will save Trinity.

1 - Though the setting is never specified, the subway train that hits Agent Smith is headed toward the "loop," suggesting it is set in Chicago.
Though the setting is never specified, the subway train that hits Agent Smith is headed toward the "loop," suggesting it is set in Chicago.
1 - The same corridor is used in opening scene and final scene.
The same corridor is used in opening scene and final scene.
1 - Neo stores his computer files in a book called Simulacra & Simulation. Written by the philosopher Jean Baudrillard, it focuses on the subject of reality as a simulation.
Neo stores his computer files in a book called Simulacra & Simulation. Written by the philosopher Jean Baudrillard, it focuses on the subject of reality as a simulation.
1 - When Neo is picked up under the Adams st bridge, and is resisting, Switch calls him "copper top". This is a reference to the fact that Neo hasn't been freed and is still operating as a battery for the machines. Copper top is the name given to Duracell batteries.
When Neo is picked up under the Adams st bridge, and is resisting, Switch calls him "copper top". This is a reference to the fact that Neo hasn't been freed and is still operating as a battery for the machines. Copper top is the name given to Duracell batteries.

Cypher halfheartedly reaches for his phone when Morpheus asks because he's already ditched his.

1 - The Matrix code is a Japanese sushi recipe, written in half-width kana characters, Latin letters and Arabic numerals.
The Matrix code is a Japanese sushi recipe, written in half-width kana characters, Latin letters and Arabic numerals.
1 - We all know Neo opens the book "Simulacra and Simulation", which is about how human experience is of a simulation of reality. But he opens the chapter to On Nihilism. Nihilism is "extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence".
We all know Neo opens the book "Simulacra and Simulation", which is about how human experience is of a simulation of reality. But he opens the chapter to On Nihilism. Nihilism is "extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence".
1 - During the interrogation scene, the file the Agents read from uses a font called 'OCR' (which is 'machine-readable') because the Agents are...well...
During the interrogation scene, the file the Agents read from uses a font called 'OCR' (which is 'machine-readable') because the Agents are...well...
1 - When Morpheus asks for a cell phone, Cypher fumbles in his pocket because he placed his cell phone it in a trash can earlier for the agents to track.
When Morpheus asks for a cell phone, Cypher fumbles in his pocket because he placed his cell phone it in a trash can earlier for the agents to track.
1 - The Matrix (1999) end scene takes place in the same location as the final showdown in The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The Matrix (1999) end scene takes place in the same location as the final showdown in The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
1 - Neo says, "You ever have that feeling where you're not sure if you're awake or still dreaming?" His hacker friend Choi says, "Hey, it just sounds to me like you need to unplug, man." A remark about actually being plugged into The Matrix.
Neo says, "You ever have that feeling where you're not sure if you're awake or still dreaming?" His hacker friend Choi says, "Hey, it just sounds to me like you need to unplug, man." A remark about actually being plugged into The Matrix.
1 - Neo keeps his floppy disk in a hollowed-out copy of Simulacra and Simulation, where the author claims that modern society has replaced meaning with symbols.
Neo keeps his floppy disk in a hollowed-out copy of Simulacra and Simulation, where the author claims that modern society has replaced meaning with symbols.
1 - Neo is asked to "Follow the white rabbit" & then hands over hacked code to buyer Choi and his girl Dujour. Combining their names forms the French "choi du'jour"/"Choice of the day", alluding to his choice to follow the white rabbit & ideas of choice and freewill throughout the movie.
Neo is asked to "Follow the white rabbit" & then hands over hacked code to buyer Choi and his girl Dujour. Combining their names forms the French "choi du'jour"/"Choice of the day", alluding to his choice to follow the white rabbit & ideas of choice and freewill throughout the movie.

I noticed Morpheus nods to a man in the building where Oracle lives. Happens it's a blind man and he nods back.

Switch calls Neo "Coppertop" later Morpheus show Neo how he used to be a "battery".

1 - Early in the film during the scene where Neo has the robotic probe removed through his navel, Switch calls him "coppertop", a reference to the machines using humanity as batteries (such as Duracell coppertop batteries).
Early in the film during the scene where Neo has the robotic probe removed through his navel, Switch calls him "coppertop", a reference to the machines using humanity as batteries (such as Duracell coppertop batteries).
1 - Released March 31, 1999, character Neo's passport expires September 11, 2001.
Released March 31, 1999, character Neo's passport expires September 11, 2001.
1 - The iconic silver Cadillac CTS used in the freeway scene was not yet released to the public.
The iconic silver Cadillac CTS used in the freeway scene was not yet released to the public.
1 - They transition the scene after Neo meets Trinity with a literal screen wipe.
They transition the scene after Neo meets Trinity with a literal screen wipe.
The Matrix poster
The Matrix poster

The Matrix Plot

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Matrix. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Director Lana Wachowski
Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
IMDB score 8.7