The Matrix Decoded
Names and their Meanings
Numbers in the Matrix
License Plates
Literary Influences
Speech Transcripts
Movies/TV Series Referenced by the Matrix
Miscellaneous Symbols
Here are transcripts for the following dialogues:

Councilor Hamann talks to Neo in Reloaded

Councilor Hamann: Care for some company?

Neo: Councilor Hamann.

Councilor Hamann: I don't want to intrude if you prefer to be alone.

Neo: No, I could probably use some company.

Councilor Hamann: Good, so could I. It's nice tonight. Very calm. Feels like everyone's sleeping very peacefully.

Neo: Not everyone.

Councilor Hamann: I hate sleeping. I never sleep more than a few hours. I figure I slept the first 11 years of my life, now I'm making up for it. What about you?

Neo: I just haven't been able to sleep much.

Councilor Hamann: It's a good sign.

Neo: Of what?

Councilor Hamann: That you are, in fact, still human. Have you ever been to the engineering level? I love to walk there at night, it's quite amazing. Would you like to see it?

Neo: Sure.

*Neo and the Councilor walk out onto the engineering level.*

Councilor Hamann: Almost no one comes down here, unless, of course, there's a problem. That's how it is with people - nobody cares how it works as long as it works. I like it down here. I like to be reminded this city survives because of these machines. These machines are keeping us alive, while other machines are coming to kill us. Interesting, isn't it? Power to give life, and the power to end it.

Neo: We have the same power.

Councilor Hamann: I suppose we do, but down here sometimes I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines, I.. I can't help thinking that in a way, we are plugged into them.

Neo: But we control these machines, they don't control us.

Councilor Hamann: Of course not, how could they? The idea's pure nonsense, but... it does make one wonder just... what is control?

Neo: If we wanted, we could shut these machines down.

Councilor Hamann: Of course... that's it. You hit it! That's control, isn't it? If we wanted, we could smash them to bits. Although if we did, we'd have to consider what would happen to our lights, our heat, our air.

Neo: So we need machines and they need us. Is that your point, Councilor?

Councilor Hamann: No, no point. Old men like me don't bother with making points. There's no point.

Neo: Is that why there are no young men on the Council?

Councilor Hamann: Good point.

Neo: Why don't you tell me what's on your mind, Councilor?

Councilor Hamann: There is so much in this world that I do not understand. See that machine? It has something to do with recycling our water supply. I have absolutely no idea how it works. But I do understand the reason for it to work. I have absolutely no idea how you are able to do some of the things you do, but I believe there's a reason for that as well. I only hope we understand that reason before it's too late.

The Architect talks to Neo in Reloaded

The Architect: Hello, Neo.

Neo: Who are you?

The Architect: I am the Architect. I created the matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also irrelevant.

Neo: Why am I here?

The 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 anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden to sedulously avoid it, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.

Neo: You haven't answered my question.

The Architect: Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others.

*The responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "Others? What others? How many? Answer me!"*

The Architect: The matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version.

*Again, the responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "Five versions? Three? I've been lied too. This is bullshit."*

Neo: There are only two possible explanations: either no one told me, or no one knows.

The Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly's systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.

*Once again, the responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "You can't control me! F*ck you! I'm going to kill you! You can't make me do anything!*

Neo: Choice. The problem is choice.

*The scene cuts to Trinity fighting an agent, and then back to the Architect's room*

The Architect: The first matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is as apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being, thus I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus, the answer was stumbled upon by another, an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother.

Neo: The Oracle.

The Architect: Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99.9% 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. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.

Neo: This is about Zion.

The Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed. Its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.

Neo: Bullshit.

*The responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "Bullshit!"*

The Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.

*Scene cuts to Trinity fighting an agent, and then back to the Architects room.*

The Architect: The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.

Neo: You won't let it happen, you can't. You need human beings to survive.

The Architect: There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this world.

*The Architect presses a button on a pen that he is holding, and images of people from all over the matrix appear on the monitors*

The Architect: It is interesting reading your reactions. Your five 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. While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific, vis-a-vis love.

*Images of Trinity fighting the agent from Neo's dream appear on the monitors*

Neo: Trinity.

The Architect: Apropos, she entered the matrix to save your life at the cost of her own.

Neo: No!

The Architect: Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to the left leads back to the matrix, to her, and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.

*Neo walks to the door on his left*

The Architect: Humph. Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.

Neo: If I were you, I would hope that we don't meet again.

The Architect: We won't.

The Architect speaks to Oracle at the end of Revolutions

Oracle: Well, now, ain't this a surprise.

Architect: You've played a very dangerous game.

Oracle: Change always is.

Architect: Just how long do you think this peace is going to last?

Oracle: As long as it can.
{Architect starts walking away}

Oracle: What about the others?

Architect: What others?

Oracle: The ones that want out.

Architect: Obviously, they will be freed.

Oracle: I have your word?

Architect: What do you think I am? Human?

Sati: Oracle!

Oracle: *laughs*

Sati: We were afraid we might not find you.

Oracle: Everything's okay now.

Sati: Look, look! *points at sunrise*

Oracle: Just look at that! Beautiful! Did you do that?

Sati: *nods* For Neo.

Oracle: That's nice. I know he'd love it.

Sati: Will we ever see him again?

Oracle: I suspect so. Someday.

Seraph: Did you always know?

Oracle: Oh no. No, I didn't. But I believed. I believed.

Oracle Speaks to Neo in The Matrix

Oracle: I know you're Neo. Be right with you.

Neo: You're the Oracle?

Oracle: Bingo. Not quite what you were expecting, right? Almost done. Smell good, don't they?

Neo: Yeah.

Oracle: I'd ask you to sit down, but your not going to anyway. And don't worry about the vase.

Neo: What vase?

Oracle: That vase.

Neo: I'm sorry.

Oracle: I said don't worry about it. I'll get one of my kids to fix it.

Neo: How did you know?

Oracle: Ohhhh...What's really going to bake your noodle later on is, would you still have broken it if I hadn't said anything. You're cuter than I thought. I can see why she likes you.

Neo: Who?

Oracle: Not too bright, though. You know why Morpheus brought you to see me?... So, what do you think? Do 
you think you're the one?

Neo: Honestly, I don't know.

Oracle: You know what that means? It's Latin. Means `Know thyself'. I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Being the one is just like being in love. No one can tell you you're in love, you just know it. Through and through. Balls to bones. Well, I better have a look at you. Open your mouth, say Ahhh.

Neo: Ahhh.

Oracle: Okay. Now I'm supposed to say, `Umm, that's interesting, but...' then you say...

Neo: But what?

Oracle: But you already know what I'm going to tell you.

Neo: I'm not the one.

Oracle: Sorry kid. You got the gift, but it looks like you're waiting for something.

Neo: What?

Oracle: Your next life maybe, who knows? That's the way these things go. What's funny?

Neo: Morpheus. He...he almost had me convinced.

Oracle: I know. Poor Morpheus. Without him we're lost.

Neo: What do you mean, without him?

Oracle: Are you sure you want to hear this? Morpheus believes in you, Neo. And no one, not you, not even me can convince him otherwise. He believes it so blindly that he's going to sacrifice his life to save yours.

Neo: What?

Oracle: You're going to have to make a choice. In the one hand you'll have Morpheus' life and in the other hand you'll have your own. One of you is going to die. Which one will be up to you. I'm sorry, kiddo, I really am. You 
have a good soul, and I hate giving good people bad news. Oh, don't worry about it. As soon as you step outside that door, you'll start feeling better. You'll remember you don't believe in any of this fate crap. You're in control of your own life, remember? Here, take a cookie. I promise, by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain.

Oracle Speaks to Neo in Reloaded

(The Oracle's Park Bench)

Oracle: Well come on, I ain't gonna bite'cha. Come around here and let me have a look at'cha. My goodness, look at you. You turned out alright, didn't you? How do you feel?

Neo: I...uhhh...

Oracle: I know you're not sleeping, we'll get to that. Why don't you come and have a sit this time.

Neo: Maybe I'll stand.

Oracle: Well suit yourself.

Neo: I felt like sitting.

Oracle: I know. So, let's get the obvious stuff out of the way.

Neo: You're not human, are you?

Oracle: Well it's tough to get any more obvious than that.

Neo: If I had to guess, I'd say you're a program from the machine world; So is he.

Oracle: So far, so good.

Neo: But if that's true, that could mean you are part of this system. Another kind of control.

Oracle: Keep going.

Neo: I suppose the most obvious question is, how can I trust you?

Oracle: Bingo! It is a pickle, no doubt about it. Bad news is there's no way if you can know whether I'm really here to help you or not. So it's really up to you. You just have to make up your own damn mind to either accept what I'm going to tell you or reject it. Candy?

Neo: Do you already know if I'm going to take it?

Oracle: Wouldn't be much of an Oracle if I didn't.

Neo: But if you already know, how can I make a choice?

Oracle: Because you didn't come here to make the choice, you've already made it. You're here to understand why you made it. I thought you'd've figured that out by now.

Neo: Why are you here?

Oracle: Same reason. I love candy.

Neo: But why help us?

Oracle: We're all here to do, what we're all here to do. I'm interested in one thing, Neo, the future. And believe me, I know, the only way to get there is together.

Neo: Are there other programs like you?

Oracle: Oh, well, not like me, but...look. See those birds? At some point a program was written to govern them. A program was written to watch over the trees, and the wind, sunrise and sunset. There are programs running all over the place. The ones doing their job, doing what they were meant to do are invisible, you'd never even know they were here. But the other ones, well, you hear about them all the time.

Neo: I've never heard of them.

Oracle: Oh, of course you have. Every time you've heard someone say they saw a ghost, or an angel. Every story you've ever heard about vampires, werewolves, or aliens. It's the system assimilating some program that's doing something they're not supposed to be doing.

Neo: Programs hacking programs. Why?

Oracle: They have their reasons, but usually a program chooses exile when it faces deletion.

Neo: And why would a program be deleted?

Oracle: Maybe it breaks down. Maybe a better program is created to replace it, happens all the time. And when it does, a program can either choose to hide here, or return to the source.

Neo: The machine mainframe.

Oracle: Yes. Where you must go. Where the path of the One ends. You've seen it, in your dreams, haven't you? The door, made of light. What happens when you go through the door?

Neo: I see Trinity and something happens, something bad. She starts to fall, and then I wake up.

Oracle: Do you see her die?

Neo: No.

Oracle: You have the sight now, Neo, you are looking at the world without time.

Neo: Then why can't I see what happens to her?

Oracle: We can never see past the choices we don't understand.

Neo: Are you saying I have to choose whether Trinity lives or dies?

Oracle: No. You've already made the choice. Now you have to understand it.

Neo: No. I can't do that. I won't.

Oracle: You have to.

Neo: Why?

Oracle: Because you're the One.

Neo: What if I can't? What happens if I fail?

Oracle: Then Zion will fall. Our time is up, listen to me, Neo. You can save Zion, if you reach the source, but to do that you will need the Keymaker.

Neo: The Keymaker?

Oracle: Yes, he disappeared some time ago, we did not know what happened to him until now, he's being held prisoner by a very dangerous program, one of the oldest of us, he's called the Merovingian, and he will not let 
him go willingly.

Neo: What does he want?

Oracle: What do all men with power want? More power. Be there at that exact time and you will have a chance.

Seraph: We must go.

Oracle: Seems like everytime we meet, I ain't got nothing but bad news. I'm sorry about that I surely am, but for what it's've made a believer out of me. Good luck, Kiddo.

Oracle speaks to Neo in Revolutions

(Oracle's kitchen)
Oracle: That's it. That's the secret. You've got to use your hands.

Sati: Why?

Oracle: Cookies need love like everything does.

Sati: Neo!

Oracle: I was hoping to have these done before you got here. Oh well. Sati, honey, I think it's time for a tasting. 
Take the bowl to Seraph and find out if they're ready.

Sati: Okay. *to Neo* I'm glad you got out.

Neo: Me too.

Oracle: So, do you recognize me?

Neo: A part of you.

Oracle: Yeah, that's how it works. Some bits you lose, some bits you keep. I don't yet recognize my face in the 
mirror, but... I still love candy. *offers Neo a piece of red candy*

Neo: No, thank you.

Oracle: Remember what you were like when you first walked through my door, jittery as a junebug? And now just look at you. You sure did surprise me, Neo, and you still do.

Neo: You gave me a few surprises, too.

Oracle: I hope I helped.

Neo: You helped me to get here, but my question is why? Where does this go? Where does it end?

Oracle: I don't know.

Neo: You don't know or you won't tell me?

Oracle: I told you before. No one can see beyond a choice they don't understand, and I mean no one.

Neo: What choice?

Oracle: It doesn't matter. It's my choice. I have mine to make, same as you have yours.

Neo: Does that include what things to tell me and what not to tell me?

Oracle: Of course not.

Neo: Then why didn't you tell me about the Architect? Why didn't you tell me about Zion, the Ones before me - why didn't you tell me the truth?

Oracle: Because it wasn't time for you to know.

Neo: Who decided it wasn't time?

Oracle: You know who. *She points at the Temet Nosce sign above the door*

Neo: I did. *Oracle nods* Then I think it's time for me to know a few more things.

Oracle: So do I.

Neo: Tell me how I separated my mind from my body without jacking in. Tell me how I stopped four sentinels by thinking it. Tell me just what the hell is happening to me.

Oracle: The power of the One extends beyond this world. It reaches from here all the way back to where it came from.

Neo: Where?

Oracle: The Source. That's what you felt when you touched those Sentinels. But you weren't ready for it. You should be dead, but apparently you weren't ready for that, either.

Neo: The Architect told me that if I didn't return to the Source, Zion would be destroyed by midnight tonight.

Oracle: *rolls eyes* Please... You and I may not be able to see beyond our own choices, but that man can't see past any choices.

Neo: Why not?

Oracle: He doesn't understand them - he can't. To him they are variables in an equation. One at a time each variable must be solved and countered. That's his purpose: to balance an equation.

Neo: What's your purpose?

Oracle: To unbalance it.

Neo: Why? What do you want?

Oracle: I want the same thing you want, Neo. And I am willing to go as far as you are to get it.

Neo: The end of the war. *Oracle nods* Is it going to end?

Oracle: One way, or another.

Neo: Can Zion be saved?

Oracle: I'm sorry, I don't have the answer to that question, but if there's an answer, there's only one place you're going to find it.

Neo: Where?

Oracle: You know where. And if you can't find the answer, then I'm afraid there may be no tomorow for any of us.

Neo: What does that mean?

Oracle: Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming. I see the darkness spreading. I see death. And you are all that stands in his way.

Neo: Smith.

Oracle: *nods* Very soon he's going to have the power to destroy this world, but I believe he won't stop there; he can't. He won't stop until there's nothing left at all.

Neo: What is he?

Oracle: He is you. Your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out.

Neo: What if I can't stop him?

Oracle: One way or another, Neo, this war is going to end. Tonight, the future of both worlds will be in your hands... or in his. 

Oracle speaks to Agent Smith in Revolutions

Smith: Well, well, it's been a long time. I remember chasing you was like chasing a ghost. 
Seraph: I have beaten you before.
Smith: That's true, but as you can see, things are a little different now. *to Sati* And you must be the last exile.
Sati: The Oracle told me about you.
Smith: Really? And what did she say about me?
Sati: That you're a bad man.
Smith: Oh, I'm not so bad once you get to know me.

(Oracle's kitchen)
Smith: The great and powerful Oracle. We meet at last. I suppose you've been expecting me, right? The all-knowing Oracle is never surprised. How can she be, she knows everything. But If that's true, then why is she here? If she knew I was coming, why didn't she leave? *sweeps plate of cookies off table* Maybe you knew I was going to do that, maybe you didn't. If you did, that means you baked those cookies and set that plate right there deliberately, purposefully. Which means you're sitting there also deliberately, purposefully.
Oracle: What did you do with Sati?
Smith/Sati: Cookies need love like everything does.
Smiths: *laugh*
Oracle: You are a bastard.
Smith: You would know, Mom.
Oracle: Do what you're here to do.
Smith: Yes, ma'am.
Smith/Oracle: *laughs maniacally*

Oracle Speaks to Ghost in Enter the Matrix

Ghost: Can you tell me what happened to you?

Oracle : Two programs that I trusted sold the termination code of my
original shell to the Merovingian.

Ghost : Why did they do that?

Oracle : For love. For the life of their child.

Ghost : You knew about it, and yet you let it happen?

Oracle : I had to.

Ghost : Why?

Oracle : Because the child is important. I can't tell you why, but I believe
one day, the child will change both our world and your world forever.

Ghost : Is that why you called for me?

Oracle : No. I am trying to prepare those that stand in the front lines of
our coming trial. We stand upon the edge of a precipice, the fall
from which we will not return. Each of us must find courage, when
we are most afraid to do what we must. That is our only hope. 


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