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Anderson (alias Neo, also known as The One or The Anomaly) is a fictional character and the main protagonist in The Matrix franchise, as well as having a cameo in The Animatrix short film, Kid's Story. He was portrayed by Keanu Reeves in The Matrix Trilogy and The Animatrix. Andrew Bowen provided Neo's voice in The Matrix: Path of Neo. In 2008, Neo was selected by Empire as the 16th greatest movie character of all time. Neo is also an anagram of One, a reference to his destiny of being "The One" who would bring peace.
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1 Character Background 2 The Matrix 3 The Matrix Reloaded 4 The Matrix Revolutions 5 Online 6 The Matrix Comics 7 References 8 External links
 Character Background
A record from Agent Smith's file on Anderson displaying basic facts about Anderson including his birthday and his early history. Thomas A. Anderson was born on March 11, 1962 in "Lower Downtown, Capital City, USA" according to his criminal record seen in the film. His mother was Michelle McGahey (the name of the first film's art director) and his father was John Anderson. He attended Central West Junior High and Owen Patterson High (named after the film's production designer). In high school, he excelled at science, math and computer courses, and displayed an aptitude for English and History. Although he had disciplinary troubles when he was thirteen to fourteen years old, Anderson went on to become a respected member of the school community through his involvement in football and hockey.
 The Matrix
After several days aboard the Nebuchadnezzar. The Oracle warns him that a situation will arise when he will have to choose between his own life or that of Morpheus. Neo begins his "training". Neo has an electronic bug implanted within his Matrix-simulated body so that his actions can be tracked and those seeking to make contact from the free world can be traced and destroyed. Anderson has spent his time trying to find the one man who he thought could tell him what the Matrix was: a supposed terrorist known only as Morpheus. Thomas Anderson is one of billions of humans neurally connected to the Matrix. he is a quiet programmer for the "respectable software company" Metacortex. harsh life lived outside the Matrix. Escaping death at the hands of Cypher. but appeared to be waiting for something. which serves as the exit for "red pills" to leave The Matrix. Neo and Trinity learn that the Agents seek to hack into Morpheus's brain. and taken to meet Morpheus. unaware that the world he lives in is a virtual reality. and wakes up disoriented and alarmed to find himself weak. The next day. a human with the power to manipulate The Matrix. he takes a drug (commonly called the "red pill") designed to disrupt his body's neural connection to the Matrix. who has the power of foresight within the simulated world. During his time as a hacker. He is then contacted by Trinity. the crew of Morpheus's ship is betrayed by Cypher. but is almost immediately captured by the virtual reality's Agents. He also receives further instruction from Morpheus on subjects such as "freeing his mind" from the restrictions of the Matrix and the existence of its Agents. becoming knowledgeable in many forms of combat and ship operations by having various training programs uploaded directly into his brain.At the start of the series. She tells him that he has the "gift". hairless. After refusing to co-operate with the agents. led by Agent Smith. He also tells Neo about The One. and that humanity is used as a power source for machines. Anderson has learned about something known only as "the Matrix". and says that he believes Neo is The One. and that in his present life he is not the one. and connected to many wires. Once Neo regains consciousness and is able to walk around. Choosing to learn what the Matrix really is. During the years prior to the events of The Matrix. forcing him to . Morpheus tells Neo the truth about the Matrix: that it is a simulated world to which humans are connected. but he is also a computer hacker who penetrates computer systems illicitly and steals information under his hacker alias "Neo". Neo is rescued and his body is healed of the effects of his atrophy suffered in the power plant. naked in a pod full of red liquid. who has been foretold to end the war between humans and machines. Neo is offered a choice to remain in his everyday life or to learn what the Matrix really is. Neo is taken to meet the Oracle. It is described by Morpheus as a vague notion that Neo has felt his whole life that "there is something wrong with the world". a "red pill" who seeks to return to the Matrix to escape the bleak. On their way back to the hard line. freed from the bug. Anderson is suddenly contacted by Morpheus via a cellphone mailed to his office. Morpheus is captured and held by Agents within the Matrix. In his legitimate activities.
a feat never before achieved. unsure of his purpose. he no longer uses firearms . He and Trinity are now lovers. a . almost seeming to be Smith's equal. he comes back to life as The One. Trinity. Morpheus and Trinity return to the real world. when the Agents try to kill him again. seeing Neo die in the real world while his mind is still in the Matrix. has immense strength and speed. just to be ambushed and fatally shot by Smith. Neo is now fully confident in his ability to manipulate the artificial world within the Matrix: he can fly. fluidly moving in a way that only an agent was thought to be capable of. Fully believing in his newfound powers. Not surprisingly. and is nearly invulnerable. Neo stands his ground and fights Smith. Neo and Trinity successfully rescue Morpheus.he doesn't need them. tells his evidently lifeless body that the Oracle had foretold that she would fall in love with The One. He and Trinity proceed to fight their way to the roof level of the building. Smith. Neo seeks more advice from the Oracle. but Neo is trapped by Agent Smith. dismissing the Oracle's words by saying that she merely told Neo what he needed to hear. In the end Neo is beaten and held by Smith as a subway approaches. Having just completed a successful rescue mission in a building protected by heavily armed guards and agents. Pursued by Smith and his fellow Agents. He retains his ability to see the code of the Matrix. After refusing to sacrifice Morpheus to prevent this. Jones is then shot by Trinity at point-blank range. and alter the computer code of the Matrix. however. Neo is able to evade them and reach the location of the hard line. Neo decides to attack the building where he is being held.and instead prefers martial arts. telekinetic abilities. runs from the subway station. realizing that he cannot win this fight.tell them the access codes to the Zion mainframe. Neo causes their bullets to freeze in mid-air and drop to the ground. It is then shown that he is able to perceive. interpret. possesses the body of the conductor and emerges from the train and Neo. he effortlessly fends off Agent Smith before forcing himself into the agent's body and destroying it from within. When kissed by Trinity. Using an armed chopper. Morpheus takes this as evidence confirming that Neo is indeed The One.000 Sentinels. When Jones returns fire. where they are confronted by Agent Jones. He then hangs up and flies into the sky. from which his other abilities stem. Neo skillfully engages Smith in combat. Rather than run. Reaching the hard line.  The Matrix Reloaded Approximately six months go by between the events of The Matrix and the second film. Neo is then seen leaving a message for the machines via phone. The Matrix Reloaded. Neo proves capable of dodging bullets himself. The Oracle directs him on a quest to find the Keymaker. while Zion prepares for a massive attack by the Machines from over 250. but at the last minute Neo is able to get free from the tracks and Smith gets hit. Neo now prefers a cassock with a high-rise mandarin collar. Dispensing with the long black trenchcoat and black shirt he wears at the conclusion of The Matrix. Neo unloads two entire magazines of ammo on Jones only to see every one of them dodged effortlessly. causing the other two agents to run away. a warning that he plans to oppose the machines by freeing as many human minds as possible.
before being allowed to rebuild Zion with a handful of freed humans. However. she dies of her wounds. and is able to deactivate the Sentinels by a hitherto unknown ability. Neo tells Morpheus that the Prophecy was merely another system of control. Neo finds himself confronted by the Architect. A group of Sentinels begin to converge on their hovercraft. Together. but the Keymaker is killed. Agent Smith (now known simply as Smith) appears. and to save Trinity instead. The Keymaker will be able to lead Neo safely to the Source. to keep the human minds which power it in a stable structure. He saves her. It is at this point that Neo displays the ability to heal/resurrect a person. The Keymaker explains that two power stations elsewhere in the Matrix must be disabled in a short time window to successfully disable the security system of a building where the door to the Source will appear. but unlike his predecessors. . This task is accomplished. claiming that Neo is actually the sixth "One". realizing that he can now sense the sentinel. a hovercraft is destroyed. but has become more virus-like. The effort of doing so renders him unconscious. Neo. and that Zion's destruction is imminent. Later. the programming heart of the machine world. and now the two share a "connection" to each other. and Trinity steal the Keymaker from his keeper. faced with the dilemma of allowing humanity to be destroyed. which contains the programs sustaining the Matrix. Neo fends off hundreds of these Smiths and escapes. as she was shot before she fell. they exit the Matrix and return to the real world. The productive output of the Matrix is based upon this repeated cycle of destruction and recreation. as he reaches into her virtual body and restarts her heart. a program which created and designed The Matrix. a vision that Neo has seen earlier in his dreams. Smith is no longer an Agent of the Matrix. or allowing the machines' preferred status quo to be reconstructed. Neo is told. giving him a life independent of the machine's systems. The Architect presents Neo with a radically different explanation of his origins and purpose. and it is revealed that Neo had separated Smith from the rest of the Matrix code by shattering him. and the prophecy of The One is designed to ensure it runs smoothly each time. just before she falls to the ground from the top floor of a powerplant. Entering the door. As the Oracle leaves. Neo does not enter the door to the Source. Morpheus. He goes on to say that Zion has been destroyed by the machines five times before. and Trinity is put in jeopardy by Agents of the Matrix. he. The Oracle is as much part of that selfperpetuating design as the Architect. stays behind.personified program that has access to numerous backdoors within the system. The Architect warns of the annihilation of all human life in and out of the Matrix if he did not enter the Source door to reload the Matrix. or restart the Matrix. so that Neo and the others are forced to abandon it and flee. allowing Neo to reach it. he chooses not to believe the Architect's dire warnings of consequences. The Merovingian. able to insert his code into other systems and infect other programs and human minds to make copies of himself. Neo's five predecessors have helped reload.
Having told Neo that he now has the power to choose to end the war and defeat Smith. the crew of which are dealing with a mystery in the form of Bane. however. After a final visit to the Oracle. who is the only survivor of an ill-fated attack by the Zion fleet. has become Neo's equal and therefore becomes his opponent. a Machine construct. Neo must now go to the heavily-guarded Machine City in hopes of stopping the Sentinels and Smith. Niobe. Neo ultimately sacrifices himself to Smith and allows Smith to seize victory by finally infecting Neo with the Smith program and turning Neo into a Smith clone. the machines are able to delete Smith.He and the crew are rescued by the hovercraft Mjolnir/Hammer. altered the prophecy and forced Neo's predecessors to end their path with Zion's destruction and the reloading of the Matrix. with Trinity as pilot. from which his mind is unable to free itself. but in the effort the Logos crash-lands. Neo learns it is not the approaching Sentinels that he should fear. guide the Logos past the Machine City's defenses. the Oracle then states "Everything that has a beginning has an end. Neo enters the Matrix to find that the Smith program has copied itself throughout the simulated world. . Unaware that Neo is connected directly to the Source. and has turned it into a rainswept dark simulation. Neo". Neo and Trinity are ambushed by the stowaway Bane/Smith. Neo and Trinity are given the Logos. having assimilated the Oracle. As a result of his struggle with the Sentinels. The Architect. The offer is accepted. through his new abilities of foresight. who threatens the Merovingian in a Mexican standoff unless Neo is freed. but Smith. He remains trapped until freed by Trinity (assisted by Morpheus and Seraph). Captain Roland and the Nebuchadnezzar's surviving crew of Link and Morpheus in the hovercraft Hammer/Mjolnir return to Zion. One of the copies of Smith. and offers Smith's destruction in exchange for a truce. and Trinity sustains fatal injuries and dies. Neo learns that the Architect's assertion that his choice to save Trinity would inherently lead to the extinction of humankind was incorrect. Meanwhile. Neo returns to consciousness to find himself caught in an isolated limbo only accessible by order of the Merovingian. that in truth the Oracle's prophecy was correct in that The One was predetermined to return to the Source to stop the war. a hovercraft commanded by Morpheus's former lover. due to his nature as a purely mathematical being. Bane has become caught and infected by Smith. Unbeknownst to anyone. Neo. whose clones are multiplying and threaten to destroy both the Matrix and the real world.  The Matrix Revolutions The Matrix Revolutions begins immediately after the events of the second movie. Building on the Oracle's previous explanations about the nature of choice. who blinds Neo. but is killed when Neo discovers an ability to 'see' programs and Machines independently of his eyesight. as every clone is seen being destroyed afterwards. a crewmember from another ship. which is now besieged and losing to the Machines. Neo determines. Neo encounters the Deus Ex Machina. in what seems to others as a suicidal journey to the Machine City.
The subject of Neo then fell to the side lines for other struggles until the arrival of The Oligarchs in Chapter 9. The Oracle reveals a secret society of exiles known only as the Shapers. in Chapter 12.2. allowing them to interface directly with technology without the need for simulated interfaces. The Matrix Online. The redpills' distrust and organizational differences prove too much for any strong unity. creating the powerful.1 (later revealed to be Sentinels under the command of The General program). was notably intrigued by the life of The One and was personally shocked about the implications of Neo's ability to affect Machines outside of the simulation had on his search for what he called "The Biological Interface Program". scattered code fragments of Neo's "RSI" (Residual Self Image) were found on the bodies of the impostor Agents who appeared across the Mega City during Chapter 1. originally headed by The Oracle. After Halborn's removal in Chapter 10. who are the only ones able to bring the Fragments together in any significant way and that they must be protected from the impostor agents' corruption. . these fragments echoed some of the final thoughts of Neo inside the redpill's mind. Each of the three main post-war political organizations inside the Matrix realized the possible significance of these fragments and began fighting amongst themselves to gather as many as they could. in which Morpheus tells Neo that the machines liquefy deceased occupants of the Matrix to provide organic sustenance for its living inhabitants. When held. so that a Shaper fell into the captivity of the false agents. This would be the driving force behind Morpheus' descent into fanatical terrorism against the System in an attempt to force the Machines to reveal Neo's fate. ultimately leading to his assassination. the Machines stop their attack and retire in deference to the peace that Neo bartered. Morpheus states that though the Machines never returned Neo's physical remains (Neo's body in the real world) to Zion. Halborn. his influence nevertheless had a strong impact on several key events throughout the game. His power was used to encode some part of The One's being onto themselves. pale-skinned "N30 Ag3nts". It was revealed that both Neo and Trinity were actually the culmination of decades of Machine research into translating human DNA perfectly into Machine code. while below in Zion. In Chapter 1.Neo's body is respectfully taken away by the Machines in the Machine City. Neo then dies. In the beginning. they did not "recycle" them: a reference to the first film. The original intruder. little more was questioned until the revelation of the Trinity project.  Online Although the fate of Neo was never truly revealed in the MMORPG sequel. his primary code being inserted into the Matrix which allows it to reboot.
Son. Neo discovers The One's code wasn't just to bring peace in conlficts. but it is known that Neo has been resurrected and regained his powers. and rewrite programs to take control of the Matrix as they create a war with the Machines.com/title/tt0133093/trivia 3. After the deletion of Smith by Neo. who have already attempted to restore his machine code. With a new purpose in mind. concluding he is to protect and further see the progression of the Matrix. Through various operations and assistance from the Oracle. In The Matrix. the agents begin to uprise. but Programs of the One reveal The One is the "remaker of the system and codes. 4. it is discovered by Niobe that Neo's body has not been recycled. but is being held by the Machines.  References 1. Agent Superplex.which is how Jesus primarily referred to himself in the Gospels. a comic book series takes place. including a mission to free Trinity's mind which has been cloned into The Matrix and collecting the ever elusive "code of The One". he must discover the path of THE ONE again. Bauer Consumer Media. ^ "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters/ 16. Niobe. Sometime into this conflict. and human world. as Creator. Trinity's mind lives in the Matrix. The comic book series has remained unfinished in a conclusion. With the help of Morpheus and Niobe. ^ http://www." He also comes to believe that he is the One.imdb. 2. Morpheus. From this new found conflict." and is referred to as "Neo. rebuilding their program into the ASP. Neo / Empire / www. The comics themselves have not been known as the actual aftermath of the revolutions. In order to return to his body. Thomas Anderson sheds his disbelief and comes to accept that the Matrix is real and he is thereby "born again. Redeemer. the agents plan to take control of the Machine. and beginning each again in accordance to their standards. The Matrix Comics Sometime after the events of Revolutions. as well as concur with the Machines and the human world. "Thomas" is the name of Jesus's disciple who infamously doubted the truth of the risen Christ. Ghost and several others return to the Matrix while defenses of Zion attempt to reconcile with the Machines to take on the ASP.empireonline. ^ a reference to the Christian doctrine of God as being understood as a Trinity composed of Father. Sustainer) . while his human code remained in tact. Morpheus and the rest of Zion's soldiers in deleting the ASP. "Anderson" literally means "son of man" . but has been reguarded as "impeccably convincing" and most likely the outcome of the ending. Empire. allowing Neo and Trinity to make contact again and assist Neo. The Matrix. and each anomaly". and Holy Spirit (or alternatively.com". Retrieved 2010-0423. ^ This name carries several homages to Christian theology/mythology. Neo's mind is restored and Neo is resurrected inside the Matrix.
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