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List of minor characters in the Matrix series

Many fictional characters appear in the Matrix series. This article is intended to be a comprehensive list of all the secondary human characters; for the non-human characters refer to the List of programs and machines in the Matrix series.

Many of the characters listed here have names reflecting certain aspects of them, such as their status, personality or role. A detailed description may be found at The Matrix character names.

Apoc

Apoc (played by Julian Arahanga) is a crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix.

Apoc drives Neo to his meeting with Morpheus, and assists Tank in locating Neo inside the Power Plant. He and Switch are portrayed as front-line soldiers while inside the Matrix, acting as "point" and "rear guard" in their escape from the Agents and police and laying down covering fire as they make their way into the sewers. Cypher murders Apoc by pulling his jack out of his head while Apoc is connected to the Matrix.

Captain Ballard

Captain Ballard (played by Roy Jones Jr.), was the captain of the Zion hovercraft Caduceus in the film The Matrix Reloaded and the video game Enter The Matrix. During the Captain's meeting in Reloaded, Ballard volunteers to stay behind during the massive recall of all hovercrafts to Zion in order to await a message from the Oracle. As Ballard stayed behind, he was eventually contacted and challenged to a fight by Seraph. Shortly after the fight, Ballard met with the Oracle to retrieve her message. The crew of the Caduceus eventually made it back to Zion and gave the message to Neo.

Ballard, being unaware of Bane's strange behavior, was at one point urged by Bane to volunteer the crew for the mission to look for the Nebuchadnezzar, only to tell Bane to shut up. Ballard was among the hovercraft crews assigned to defend Zion and was killed by Bane.

Bane

Bane (played by Ian Bliss) was a crew member of the Zion hovercraft Caduceus in the films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Bliss was cast by the Wachowski Brothers because they saw him do an impression of Hugo Weaving, the actor who plays Agent Smith and because Bliss partly resembles Weaving. The word "bane" also means "nemesis", "deadly poison" or "killer of".

As he was waiting to jack out of the Matrix with a message from The Oracle, Bane was attacked by a clone of Smith, now a dangerous, viral rogue program that was bent on copying himself into everyone in the Matrix in his effort to destroy everything as well as his nemesis, Neo.

Bane's mind was overwritten by Smith. From this point on, Bane ceased to exist; when the Caduceus operator called to jack Bane out of the Matrix, Smith was the one who actually left the Matrix. Now free to roam the real world, Smith walked among the citizens of Zion using Bane's body. During his time in Zion, Bane/Smith is shown cutting himself with a knife (thereby experiencing pain for the first time) and later approaching Neo in an attempt to stab him before he can board the Nebuchadnezzar and leave Zion. However, this murder attempt was aborted as Neo's attention was drawn in his direction by the approach of Kid, who came to see Neo on his way.

After he was unsuccessful in convincing Ballard, captain of the Caduceus to join in the Zion Council's search for the hovercraft Nebuchadnezzar, Bane/Smith later sabotaged the Zion counterattack against the burrowing Machine forces by prematurely triggering the EMP on the Caduceus. This disabled many of the other hovercraft in the counterstrike, just before the Machines hit their front line. Bane survived the attack and was later discovered unconscious by the Hammer.

In The Matrix Revolutions, when asked about the failure of the counterattack and his self-inflicted wounds, Bane/Smith claimed that he could not remember what happened. However, just before Neo and Trinity left for the Machine City, Bane/Smith murdered Maggie, a medical crew member of the Hammer, and stowed away on the Logos with Neo and Trinity.

Bane/Smith attacked Trinity and Neo before they could start the Logos up. During his fight with Neo, Bane/Smith used a power conduit to cauterize Neo's eyes, blinding him. However, because of his powers as The One, Neo discovered that he could 'see' the golden auras of anything connected to the Source. This new ability allowed Neo to see Bane/Smith while he hid in the corner of an equipment room on the ship, awaiting Neo with a steel pipe. Neo disarmed Bane/Smith and killed him by striking Bane in the head with the pipe, which was viewed in Neo's "Source vision" as Smith being beheaded, and afterwards, disintegrating.

Beautiful Woman at Le Vrai

The Beautiful Woman at Le Vrai, played by Tory Mussett, appears in The Matrix Reloaded in the scene where Neo, Trinity and Morpheus meet the Merovingian in his restaurant, Le Vrai. The Merovingian tells them about cause and effect and demonstrates his point by sending a slice of chocolate cake to the woman. The cake is actually a program that causes her to have an intense and embarrassing orgasm. Afterward, she leaves and is not seen again. The Merovingian meets her later in the restroom for a tryst; although it is not stated that he leaves for that, Persephone knows his intentions and, because of this, leads Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity to the Keymaker.

Captain Mifune

Captain Mifune (Nathaniel Lees) is the head of Zion's Armored Personnel Unit. He is seen in The Matrix Reloaded and in The Matrix Revolutions. It is considered that the character of Captain Mifune is in reference to late Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, to whom Lees shares a striking resemblance. In Revolutions before he leads his APU's into battle with the Sentinels he boosts the morale of his troops by saying "If it's our time to die, it's our time. All I ask is, if we have to give these bastards our lives, we give 'em hell before we do!"

Mifune is one of the last of the APUs left standing during the battle; he fights bravely and takes down many enemies. When he calls for a reload of ammunition, Kid is the one called to refill him. One of the cases gets stuck and the outlook is bleak. Hastily Kid climbs atop the APU's back and fixes the error. Following the case jam, Mifune fires off another round into the swarm of Sentinels. They overwhelm him and his APU falls with him in it.

Subsequently, a horribly-mutilated Mifune tells Kid that he needs to open the gate to allow the Mjolnir (“Hammer”) to enter, before dying. Kid takes Captain Mifune's APU and continues to the gate. When Kid tells Mifune he might not be able to carry out his request because he never finished the training exercise, Mifune reassures him by saying that he never completed the training either.

Cas

Cas (played by Gina Torres) is the widow of the Nebuchadnezzar's former pilot Dozer. She lives in Zion with their two young children. She also spends time with her sister-in-law Zee, and maintains friendly rapport with Zee's husband Link.

Note: Gina Torres is the real-life wife of Laurence Fishburne, who plays Morpheus.

Choi and Dujour

Choi (played by Marc Gray) is putatively a bluepill who appears in the first movie buying illegal software from Neo, for which Choi pays $US 2,000 in cash. Choi, his latex-clad girlfriend Dujour (played by Ada Nicodemou) and several unnamed and unspeaking friends arrive at Neo's door just after he had been mysteriously told to "follow the white rabbit". When Neo notices that Dujour has a tattoo of a white rabbit on the back of her left shoulder, he accepts their offer to go with them to a goth club, where he is approached by Trinity. Going to the club and subsequently waking up late for work the following day set the stage for the rest of the film, though Choi, Dujour, and their friends are never seen or alluded to again.

Much of Choi's dialogue foreshadows the rest of the film: "I know. This never happened. You don't exist," "You need to unplug," and "Hallelujah. You're my savior, man. My own personal Jesus Christ."

These names would appear to be inspired by French language; "Choi and Dujour" resembles the French phrase "Choix du jour," meaning "Choice of the day.

Councilor Hamann

Councilor Hamann (played by Anthony Zerbe) is a character in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Councilor Hamann, by his own account to Neo, was freed at age eleven and serves as a Councilor for Zion. Hamann holds a disdain for Commander Locke's strictly militia-minded policies and secretly supports Morpheus' belief that Neo is the One. Although he does not directly voice these beliefs, Hamann allows the Nebuchadnezzar to leave Zion to contact the Oracle - Hamann explains this to Locke with the statement that he "believes their survival depends on more than how many ships (they) have". He enjoys visiting Zion's engineering level, where all of their machines keep their water, oxygen, electricity and heat going. He and Neo visit the engineering level and discuss what the real meaning of control is. Hamann reveals to Neo his confidence in him and that he fears for the people still trapped in the Matrix.

Cypher

Cypher (played by Joe Pantoliano) is a character in The Matrix. He is referred to as "Mr. Reagan" by Agent Smith.

In the first film of the trilogy, Cypher is one of the rebels from Morpheus' hovercraft, the Nebuchadnezzar. Although he may have been idealistic at first, Cypher has grown tired of the Man/Machine war within the Matrix. Harshly disillusioned by the grim existence living on a hovercraft and tired of following Morpheus and his blind faith of the Prophecy, he soon starts to wish he'd never learned the truth and left the Matrix in the first place. This prompts him to strike a deal with the Agents. At the beginning of the movie, he nearly gets Trinity killed by Agent Smith in successfully proving to the Agents that he, "the informant", was legitimate.

Cypher secretly meets with Agent Smith once more, agreeing to turn Morpheus over to them if the Agents will return Cypher's body, rich and famous, to the Matrix power plant with no knowledge of the Matrix. How he is able to contact the Agents is not clear. Cypher proves to be as deadly as he is deceptive. Cypher helps the Agents mount an ambush at their safe house location, where Mouse is killed by the police, and then after jacking out first he then murders Apoc, Switch and Dozer, and wounds Tank, but before he can kill Neo or Trinity, Tank recovers and kills Cypher.

One of Cypher's most famous quotes from the movie is "Ignorance is bliss", which he utters while speaking with Agent Smith, referring to the state of people inside the Matrix.

"Ignorance is bliss"

Ignorance is Strength is a phrase used in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four where a character is hooked up to a machine and shocked until he believes things that aren't real. Nineteen Eighty-Four is also referenced because Neo's apartment is #101, which is a room mentioned in the book.

Cypher's Legacy: The Cypherites

Although Cypher was killed in the first movie, The Cypherites, an organization depicted in the The Matrix Online, carries on his philosophy: The Truth is an unnecessary nightmare. The Cypherites' primary goal was to be put back into a power plant and reinserted into the Matrix, just like Cypher wanted to be. After Agent Gray admitted that reinsertion is not possible, the Cypherites' current goal is to work as hard as possible to keep the bluepills asleep, and defeat the Zionites and E Pluribus Neo operatives that oppose their goals.

Dozer

Dozer (played by Anthony Ray Parker) is the pilot of the Nebuchadnezzar, the only hovercraft that appears in the first movie of the Matrix series.

In the movie, both Dozer and his younger brother Tank are said to have been born in the real world, in Zion. Thus, Dozer doesn't have the 'plugs' on his body which allow that the other characters connect to The Matrix. He makes moonshine in his spare time; as Cypher describes it: "it's good for two things: de-greasing engines and killing brain cells." Dozer is slain when Cypher kills him with an EMP gun and betrays the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar.

Dozer was married to Cas and had two young children in Zion. Also living in Zion was his sister Zee. After his death, Zee's husband Link took the job of operator of the Nebuchadnezzar in respect of Dozer's wishes.

Ghost

Ghost (played by Anthony Wong) is the guns specialist of the Logos ship in the video game Enter the Matrix and the feature films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Ghost is described by the Wachowski brothers as an "ascetic Buddhist killer". A student of philosophy, he quotes and/or refers to Hume, William James, Nietzsche and especially Kierkegaard. Ghost's name may be a reference to the phrase "ghost in the machine", which describes the concept of mind-body dualism.

Ghost's latest appearance was in the MMORPG The Matrix Online. However, due to copyright issues with Anthony Wong, Ghost is bald and has been completely shaven of all facial hair. Ghost, along with "the Twins", are the only recurring characters up-to-date to not have voice actors for the Matrix Online.

As seen in Enter The Matrix, Ghost and Trinity refer to each other as brother and sister, as they were unplugged from the Matrix on the same day. Ghost's romantic feelings for Trinity are unrequited, since she is in love with Neo, and is content with this path because Ghost did not want to be tied down by Trinity's expectations. Whether this is fact or just Persephone playing mind games is not made clear, and this is not mentioned again later in the series.

Ghost is known to be the best gunner in the fleet, and the best person to have riding shotgun during a car chase — he displays this skill of accuracy in Revolutions aboard the Mjolnir. He and Niobe share some of the same parts in Enter The Matrix, though they mostly have different sides to the story. It is also mentioned in the video game that Ghost is the most capable hand-to-hand combatant (excluding Neo, before his death in Revolutions) currently participating in the war.

Jue

Jue (voiced by Pamela Segall) appears in the Animatrix film "Final Flight of the Osiris".

She was a crew member of the Osiris, and shared an intimate bond with her superior, Captain Thadeus. Extremely athletic, Jue was the woman to send the warning (via the Post Office) to Zion of the approaching Sentinel Army. (The package she mailed is what Niobe and Ghost were sent into the Matrix to retrieve, before it fell into the Agent's possession.) She died seconds after completing this last mission when the Osiris was destroyed by the Sentinel Army.

Kid

The Kid (Michael Karl Popper), played by Clayton Watson, is a Zion-dwelling redpill from The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Animatrix short, "Kid's Story".

In The Animatrix, The Kid is an individual connected to the Matrix who is aided in his escape from the Matrix by Neo. At the beginning of his story, part of an online conversation he has with Neo is shown, and it appears to foreshadow the risk he takes at the end of the short:

Kid: Somebody tell me. Why it feels more real when I dream than when I am awake. How can I know if my senses are lying?
Neo: There is some fiction in your truth, and some truth in your fiction. To know the truth, you must risk everything.
Kid: Who are you? Am I alone?
Neo: You are not alone.

(Note: Neo's last response was not shown until the very end of the short, after Neo & Trinity pick Kid up.)

The circumstances of his liberation from the Matrix are unusual; after purposely allowing himself to fall from the top of his school building, he seems to miraculously unplug himself from the Matrix before he hits the ground. This is not fully addressed (or actually seen) within the scope of the film short, but is possibly implied by imagery of birds flying as he fell, as well as subsequent comments by Neo and Trinity after they have retrieved Kid from the real-world power plant:

Trinity: It's unbelievable. I didn't think self-substantiation was possible.
Neo: Apparently it is.

Before letting himself fall, Kid spoke under his breath, "Neo, I believe. I know it wasn't a dream." It is implied that his conviction was in regard to Neo's assertion that he must "risk everything" to know the truth.

Though Neo repeatedly tells Kid (at the end of the short and in Matrix Reloaded), "I didn't save you, you saved yourself," Kid appears to associate the conviction which apparently gave him the strength to self-substantiate with Neo's guidance. This association leads to his hero worship of Neo (almost to the point of overeager lackeyism), and probably influenced his stated ambition to serve as a crew member aboard the Nebuchadnezzar.

Following the events of The Animatrix, Kid makes his first live appearance in The Matrix Reloaded. While possessing a minor role at best, his actions in The Matrix Revolutions were integral to the salvation of Zion. During the Machine army siege at the Dock, Kid piloted the deceased Captain Mifune's APU and, with the help of Zee, destroyed a chain which held an entrance gate closed. With the gate now open(ing), the hovercraft Mjolnir (a.k.a.The Hammer) was able to enter the dock, crash land, and set off its electromagnetic pulse which successfully disabled all the attacking Sentinels and Drillers within the dock.

The Kid also makes an appearance in The Matrix Comics, vol. 2, released in December 2004 by Burlyman Entertainment (the Wachowski brothers' comic publishing company), in the story entitled "I Kant". The story essentially revolves around Morpheus's (also in his first appearance since the events of The Matrix Revolutions) efforts to see The Kid through the jump program, as he did for Neo in The Matrix. This comic story, though still considered part of the Matrix canon by some, was not written by the Wachowski Brothers. The Art and Story are by Kaare Andrews, 3D Modeling by Ron Turner, and Color by Dave McCaig.

The Kid is also involved in the MMORPG The Matrix Online, released in the US in January 2005, he is first seen in a cutscene dressed in attire nearly identical to that of Neo's "The One" outfit. He has since formed the group E Pluribus Neo (From many, Neo), a splinter group of Zion who are dedicated to Neo's memory, a continuation of his hero worship of Neo. They are deeply opposed to the Cypherite organization and fight against them to ensure that all humans have a right to be free of the Matrix, though their ultimate goals are still a mystery. All members tend to dress similarly to Neo or Trinity, depending on Gender. Clayton Watson reprises his role for Popper's speaking parts in the game.

The Kid's real name, Michael Karl Popper, is an allusion to philosopher Karl Popper.

Link

Link (played by Harold Perrineau) serves as the ship's pilot and operator for the crew of the Zion hovercraft Nebuchadnezzar in the movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Link was Zion-born and married to Zee. After his brother-in-law Dozer was killed by the traitor Cypher, Link took over the functions as operator and pilot of the Neb in respect to a promise he made to Dozer, should anything happen to Dozer during his missions aboard the Neb. However, Zee, after "losing two brothers to that ship" (Tank died before the beginning of The Matrix Reloaded due to his injuries in The Matrix.), feels strongly that Link should find another ship to serve in. She repeatedly tells Link that his Captain Morpheus is crazy and that the Neb spends more time out of Zion than the rest of the fleet, and thus she gets to spend much less time with Link than she'd like. She's also very protective of Link, given what happened to her brothers on the ship he now serves on.

Link did not believe in the religious aspects that Zee believed in (the specific religion is never discussed), but when the Nebuchadnezzar leaves Zion to meet the Oracle (never to return again), Link chose to wear a prayer chain given to him by Zee for luck. "Can't hurt," he says, just as the Hammer races towards the gates of Zion.

Link guided fellow crewmates Neo, Trinity and the ship's captain Morpheus while they are jacked into the Matrix. Link sat behind a series of screens that provided the crew weapons, maps, system and ship status, and views of the Matrix code that he could provide or relay to the jacked-in crew.

Link was very competent and skilled as an Operator, but could be very cautious and uneasy. This behavior annoyed Morpheus, who asked Link to instill more trust in what Morpheus asked of him. Part of Link's character development through Reloaded and Revolutions shifts him from initially uneasy to a firm believer not only in Morpheus' leadership abilities but also in the unspecified religion to which Zee is devoted.

When the Nebuchadnezzar is destroyed at the end of The Matrix Reloaded, Link becomes a ship's hand on the hovercraft Hammer. After the hovercraft Logos, piloted by Trinity and Neo, leaves for the Machine City, Logos captain Niobe pilots the Hammer through the narrowest, normally unnavigable tunnels of the underground sewers of the ancient world in an attempt to return home to Zion. Zee aided the Kid in destroying the counterweights of the access doors on the Zion dock, allowing the Hammer to crash land. At that point, Link triggered the EMP weapon on the ship, disabling the first wave of Sentinels and drilling machines that were attacking the city. The crew of the Hammer received a hero's welcome, and Link was reunited with his wife to await the end of the Man/Machine war.

In The Matrix Online, Link now trains all the newly awakened redpills (players) in various programs before they are allowed to enter the Matrix.

Lock

Commander Jason Lock (played by Harry J. Lennix) is the supreme commander of all military defense forces for the last human city of Zion. His character appears in The Matrix Reloaded, Enter The Matrix, and The Matrix Revolutions.

Lock was a naturally-born Zion citizen. This differs to redpill inhabitants, particularly his hovercraft crews and their commanders, most of whom are Matrix inhabitants. His unfamiliarity with the Matrix grounds his views to the unadulterated realities of using any and all resources he can command to evade Machine forces and keep Zion's whereabouts a secret. He is one of the few characters in the films who has a given first and last name. He was at odds with not only the Zion Council when managing the defenses, but with some errant ship captains, especially Captain Morpheus of the hovercraft Nebuchadnezzar. He appears to be bureaucratic, taciturn, unimaginative, and uncharismatic; someone not highly respected by either his subordinates or by the Council.

As of the beginning of Reloaded, Lock was romantically involved with Captain Niobe, but by the end of Revolutions the situation appears to shift. Niobe was with Morpheus until he met The Oracle and received his life's mission: to find The One. The history of Niobe with Morpheus increased tensions between Morpheus and Lock when discussing defense strategy. Morpheus' and the Council's desire to aid The One frustrated Lock, who felt that the limited resources of Zion's defenses would be better used elsewhere.

Even Niobe became intolerant of his autocratic views after Lock convinced the Zion Council to not let the Logos join the defense fleet, claiming that that ship's size and EMP systems are "too weak to make a difference," despite the claim not being true. After the Council asked for two captains to search for the Nebuchadnezzar, only one captain, Soren of the Vigilant, initially volunteered. When Lock stated to the Council that he found it hard to believe "any man" would volunteer for such a daring mission, Captain Niobe of the Logos volunteered as a reprisal for being patronized.

As the Machines tunneled toward Zion, Lock devised a strategy where the hovercrafts would be scattered in an attempt to use the ship EMP devices in a combined attack to disable most, if not all of the digging machines and Sentinels all at once. However, Smith/Bane prematurely set off one of the ship's EMPs, disabling many of the ships. The Machines decimated the helpless ships. This left only the ground forces of Zion to withstand the eventual assault.

By the end of the first wave of the Machine attack, Zion would have fallen were it not for the arrival of the hovercraft The Hammer, piloted by Captain Niobe. The Hammer activated their EMP, disabling all Machine forces. Although the Machines' progress was momentarily halted, Lock was displeased that the Hammer's EMP had also knocked out most of Zion's defenses, saying that they had just handed the dock to the machines "on a silver platter"- despite the fact that the dock was already more or less lost.

When the Council asked his advice as the Machines commenced their attack, the only course of action was continuing with his original back-up plan; gathering Zion's citizens in the Temple and making a last stand at the Temple gates. However, Lock and his forces never had to make the stand. Neo, who successfully arrived in the Machine City, had negotiated with the Machines: he would defeat Agent Smith if the Machines withdrew from Zion.

His name could be a reference to the philosopher John Locke. However, in Enter the Matrix, when Sparks answers a call from Lock, he utters "Jesus, it's Deadbolt himself", in a derogatory term as locks. Captain Ballard of the Caduceus also used the term "Deadbolt" during the Captains' meeting in The Matrix Reloaded.

One repeated phrase Lock says in both Reloaded and Revolutions is "If it were up to me...", but it was also countered by Morpheus, stating, "Then I am grateful that it is not up to you."

In The Matrix Online, Lock plays an important role for new redpills as they gain reputation for Zion. Among the important things, Lock promotes the redpills to Captain so that they can have their own crew. Other than that, Lock praises the Zion-affiliated redpills a job-well done in pre-recorded messages held by Niobe and Ghost as NPCs.

During renewed warfare with the Machines after the collapse of Neo's Truce in The Matrix Online, the human citizens of Zion were relocated to a safer location deeper within the earth, referred to as New Zion. Lock stayed in Old Zion with a skeleton crew of Zion military personnel after the rest of the city was evacuated. Unfortunately, Cypherite spies compromised the security of Old Zion before it was completely abandoned, allowing Sentinels to overrun the city. Lock was not among those rescued from the Sentinels’ attack, and remained missing. Given the devastating nature of the attack on Old Zion, chances seemed slim that Lock could have survived. Captain Roland was promoted to succeed Lock as the Commander of Zion's military.

Lock was eventually found alive by E Pluribus Neo operatives as they were salvaging equipment in Zion and was nursed back to health in their care. Some months later, Lock was slated for transfer to New Zion aboard Steelle's hovercraft The Hand of God with an escort comprised of three other E Pluribus Neo hovercraft. However, data concerning the time and route of his transfer were discovered by Cypherites and they arrived on scene to disrupt the transfer along with Machinists and the special "unibody" hovercraft of a mysterious outsider known as Halborn, who had been tricked into attacking Lock. E Pluribus Neo in turn contacted Zion, who immediatey dispatched four hovercraft as reinforcements while interloping Merovingian operatives entered the battle in search of profit. Zion and E Pluribus Neo managed to win the battle, disabling all Cypherite and Machinist hovercraft and negotiating a cease-fire with the Merovingian operatives, thus ensuring Lock's transfer from Steelle's hovercraft to RedBindi's The Titan for transport to New Zion.

Lock currently holds the position of civilian advisor in New Zion, as the Zion council have expressed doubts about his capability and stability following his near-death experience.

Maggie

Maggie (played by Essie Davis) is a crew member on the Mjolnir (aka Hammer). She appears to be the ship's medical officer. She first appears at the end of Reloaded, tending to the unconscious Neo and Bane. While attempting to inject Bane with something to "help him remember" (possibly sodium pentothal), Bane stabs her with a scalpel, killing her, and then makes his escape to the Logos.

Her character is not explained or expounded upon at all, appearing only briefly at the end of Reloaded and the beginning of Revolutions, though, given her name, she may be the only rebel other than Locke to have a real name as opposed to an alias or handle like the rest of the rebels.

Her name might also be an abbreviation of "magazine" as most of her crewmates have either gun-type or gun parts nicknames. Even the Mjolnir's alternate name "the Hammer" falls under that category as it refers to both Mjolnir as Thor's Hammer and the hammer of a gun.

Mouse

Mouse (played by Matt Doran) is a crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix.

In the film, Mouse is the youngest crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar and the programmer of the virtual reality training simulation program. One of his stand-out scenes is when he is discussing with Neo if the Nebuchadnezzar's food tastes like "Tastee Wheat" (a brand of cereal, posters of which can be briefly seen in the train stations shown in The Matrix Revolutions), and if the machines got the taste wrong. He is also the creator of the Woman in the Red Dress, which is used as a distraction in the Agent program and is part of Neo's training. He is a very eager young man, excited to see the possibility that Neo could be the one to end the war. He also appears to be something of a hedonist, as he offers the Woman in the Red Dress to Neo and later says, "To deny our impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."

Mouse is the first victim of Cypher's ill-fated attempt to betray the crew in order to return his body to the Matrix power plant. As Agent-led SWAT team members storm the building used by Neo and the others as an entry/exit point, Mouse attempts to stop their initial approach wielding dual automatic tommyguns (that were custom made for the film), but is gunned down by the police. His body in the Nebuchadnezzar is shown spasming and then blood leaking out of the mouth, it stops and then he is still.

Rhineheart

Mr. Rhineheart (played by David Aston) is Thomas Anderson's boss at the software company Metacortex. He appears only in The Matrix.

Early in the film, in the morning after going to a goth club with Choi and Dujour (following the white rabbit), Neo arrives late at work and has to face his boss. Rhineheart, in a single monologue, foreshadows many of the film's yet unrevealed aspects.

"You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you. Obviously you are mistaken. This company is one of the top software companies in the world because every single employee understands that they are part of a whole. Thus, if an employee has a problem, the company has a problem. The time has come to make a choice, Mr. Anderson. Either you choose to be at your desk, on time, from this day forth — or you choose to find yourself another job. Do I make myself clear?"

Roland

Roland (played by David Roberts) is the captain of the hovercraft Mjolnir aka the Hammer. He appears in the feature films Reloaded, Revolutions and the video games Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo. He has a tendency to say "Goddamn" in many of his sentences.

Roland is the captain of the biggest hovercraft of the Zion fleet, the Mjolnir (or more easily the Hammer), as the ship's given name is, while in keeping with the theme of Zion's ships being named after objects or figures in various mythologies, difficult for an English speaker to pronounce, hence the ship's nickname. His first appearance is in Reloaded, during the captains' meeting initiated by Niobe in a sewersystem inside the Matrix, but his role there is very small.

In order to surprise the Sentinel-army in a preemptive strike, commander Locke ordered six ships to create a frontline to ambush the machines. Because of the immense size and weight of the Mjolnir, captain Roland and his team arrive 'too late' at the frontline. They discovered there that an EMP was triggered before they could get into place and that all the ships were crippled, the machines destroyed every human and ship remaining, which turned into a slaughter as Hammer crew member Mauser called it. As soon as the machines were done, they started digging again and Roland made a quick pass to look for survivors. They found only Bane, a crewmember on the Caduceus, who was unconscious but alive.

As their sensors picked up another explosion in the vicinity, the Hammer went to check this out as well, they found a destroyed Nebuchadnezzar, its crew on foot and also an unconscious Neo. Of the three ships that weren't out of Zion by the time of the unsuccessful counter-strike, Roland learned that the Vigilant had been destroyed, but the fate of the Logos was unsure. He ordered a massive search for them in both the Matrix and the real world. On their way back to Zion they picked up a distress signal from the Logos and then turned back to aid the ship and its crew. Roland found Niobe, Ghost and Sparks unharmed, and the Logos in need of a battery-powered jump start in order to fly again. After this Roland and Niobe created a small faction, the Hammer and the Logos shared crews and resources and traveled both back to Zion.

Roland was very cynical and unwilling, after having seen the carnage wreaked on the other ships, to assist Neo in his request to take one of the ships to Zero-One, ranting about, in his estimation, the imminent destruction of the Hammer, until Niobe freely offered Neo the use of the Logos for his mission.

Roland was the first to understand the true nature of the tragic events which happened before, when he questioned Bane, who had regained consciousness. At first he claimed innocence and amnesia, but after Bane/Smith killed Maggie, Roland understands that it was Bane who triggered the EMP too early. A wide search of his ship showed him that Bane is no longer aboard the Hammer, which was already in flight and bound for Zion, and sought refuge aboard the Logos, which was at that time piloted by Neo and Trinity in the direction of Zero-One. With a possibility that Bane took control of the Logos, Roland was powerless because he didn't want to lose his ship as well. He gave Niobe the helm and they rushed through a small mechanical line straight down to Zion.

At that time the first wave of the Sentinel-army reached the docks of Zion and just in time, the Hammer could gain entrance to the dock, with the help of The Kid and Zee, and upon entering blew its EMP disabling all of the sentinels for that moment. Roland and the rest of his crew were then considered heroes and the saviors of Zion, but a very frustrated Commander Locke accused him of "handing over the docks on a silver platter," as the EMP-blast also destroyed Zion's last defenses and the few remaining APUs who were also defending the docks of Zion.

His final appearance is at the 'bottleneck', the entrance to the Zion Temple. Together with Locke, Morpheus and Niobe he is awaiting the second wave of the machines and is preparing himself for battle.

In the MMORPG The Matrix Online, Roland only recently re-entered the storyline after being appointed to Commander of Zion's fleets. This promotion comes after the Machines destroyed the city of Zion while Cypherite spies detonated explosives in the Zion command center. In the aftermath, Commander Locke was listed as Missing In Action.

In his absence, Roland's first mate, Colt, has been promoted to captain of the Mjolnir.

Shimada

Shimada is Kid's second-in-command of the organization E Pluribus Neo in the MMORPG game The Matrix Online. Not much is revealed about her, but it is stated in an in-game biography that the two are close friends since Kid's awakening. Shimada's personality is to use flowery metaphors to reflect the depth of her dedication to Neo's ideals of self-awareness, freedom, and peace. It is assumed that she acts as a controller for the EPN operatives.

Shimada is named after Shimoda, Shizuoka, Japan, hence her Japanese appearance.

Shimada is voiced by Kit Harris.

Sparks

Sparks (played by Lachy Hulme) is the operator and general-purpose crewmember of the Logos in the film The Matrix Revolutions and the video game Enter The Matrix. As seen in Enter the Matrix, Sparks serves as the Operator on the Logos alongside his captain and the ship's pilot, Niobe, and weapons expert and first mate Ghost. His sarcastic and irreverent demeanor serve to alleviate the sometimes tense situations aboard the Logos.

Sparks is known for saying, "And since your lives obviously mean nothing to you, I ask you to try to think of something that does have meaning. Namely, my life."

Spoon Boy and the other potentials

"Spoon Boy" (played by Rowan Witt) is one of the children that lives with the Oracle. Spoon Boy later appears in the Matrix comic "Artistic Freedom." He has a clean-shaven head and is dressed in the traditional garb of a Buddhist monk, though he speaks with an Australian accent. The children are all bluepills who will someday become redpills and appear in only The Matrix, although the Spoon Boy is alluded to when he sends a real spoon to Neo in Zion via the Kid in Reloaded.

Spoon Boy is the only one of the "potentials" with a speaking role.

When Neo is taken for the first time into the Matrix after having been unplugged, he goes with Morpheus to meet the Oracle. Once they get to her apartment Neo is left waiting in a room where some children are manipulating inanimate objects with their minds; they are introduced to him as "the other potentials." One boy is reading a Chinese book, a girl is playing chess and another girl is working on her computer. Two girls are floating toy blocks. One of the kids is bending spoons and gets Neo's attention. He imparts some philosophical statements to Neo, the context of which become clear later in the film.

Spoon Boy: Do not try to bend the spoon; that's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon Boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon Boy: Then you will see, it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Neo then takes one of the boy's spoons, and is able to telekinetically bend it himself, and see things from a different perspective, which is symbolic of his slow realization that he is, in fact, The One.

Before Neo boards the Nebuchadnezzar, Kid hands a package to him, saying:

"One of the orphans made me promise to give it to you, he said you'd understand."

Neo unwraps it, to find that it is a crudely made, battered metal spoon.

Switch

Switch (played by Belinda McClory) was a member of the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar in the first film of the Matrix series.

Unlike the mental projections of other crews jacked into the Matrix, who usually wear dark clothes and sunglasses, Switch wore white clothes, and yellow, translucent sunglasses.

It is implied that she and Apoc were romantically involved, given his death scene in The Matrix.

Switch and Apoc are portrayed as front-line soldiers while inside the Matrix, acting as "point" and "rear guard" in their escape from the Agents and police and providing covering fire as they make their way into the sewers. Switch's weapon of choice is a Browning Hi-Power pistol. Switch also pokes fun at Mouse, calling him "the digital pimp". Switch was killed when her mind was forcibly jacked out of the Matrix by Cypher, who betrayed the crew in an attempt to return to the Matrix as a permanent resident himself. Cypher also killed Apoc and Dozer before being killed by Tank, the ship's Operator.

Tank

Tank (played by Marcus Chong) appears in the first film of The Matrix series.

Tank watched over not only the jacked-in crewmembers, but also the ship itself in case the Sentinels, killing machines, detected the ship. Like all Operators, Tank was a skilled programmer who could provide jacked-in crewmembers almost anything they needed and guided them to and from dangerous events within the Matrix.

Unlike his crewmates Apoc, Switch, Mouse, Cypher, Trinity, Captain Morpheus, and Neo, neither Tank nor his older brother Dozer were grown artificially in the Machine's human harvest fields for insertion in the Matrix powerplant, but born in the real world, in Zion, the last human city. As a result, Tank and Dozer don't have the various jacks and connectors in their bodies as the other humans who once lived within the Matrix.

Tank was tending to the remaining crewmembers when Agents and police attacked them after their return from The Oracle. Tank was able to retrieve Cypher, but as he tried to retrieve the remaining crew, Cypher shot and severely injured Tank with a EMP gun and killed Dozer. Cypher was able to kill Apoc and Switch by removing their jacks from their bodies, forcibly disconnecting their minds from the Matrix. However, before Cypher could kill Neo and Trinity, Tank regained consciousness and killed Cypher with the same EMP gun that Cypher had used on him and Dozer.

Tank was able to resume his duties to aid Trinity and Neo in rescuing Morpheus from a military-secured building, and to witness Neo's transformation into The One.

The crew could not heal his wound due to the fact that the plasma shot left his wound permanent. Tank died two months after the events in The Matrix but before the events in the sequel, The Matrix Reloaded. The character's duties as ship's Operator was handed over to Link, who is married to Tank and Dozer's sister, Zee.

The demise of the character was reportedly due to actor Marcus Chong's salary demands and conflicts with the Wachowski brothers, the writers and creators of the Matrix series, leading to him being fired.

Thadeus

Thadeus (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) is the captain of the hovercraft Osiris, the subject of the Animatrix short film Final Flight of the Osiris. He is involved in an intimate relationship with Jue, an officer aboard the Osiris. He and Jue are dueling erotically in a training program when the Osiris receives an incoming sentinel alert. They exit the training program and hesitantly bring the ship up to the planet's surface, where they witness a Machine army massing. The ship is quickly spotted and attacked. In the final minutes before the ship is destroyed, Thadeus plugs Jue into the Matrix to deliver a message to Zion about the massing Machine army, which is recovered by Niobe and Ghost in Enter The Matrix. He and the rest of the ship's crew are killed when the sentinels destroy the ship.

Tyndall

Tyndall was awakened and removed from the Matrix at a young age and spent her formative adolescent years in Zion. She took to the philosophy offered by Morpheus, but she saw the struggle against the Machines as a quest larger than any one person, and so could not accept the prophesy of The One as fact. She much preferred the more pragmatic approach of Jason Locke, relying on the resources and abilities of the people of Zion to save themselves, without waiting for a Savior.

When she came of age, Tyndall eagerly became a Zion operative in the Matrix. She served capably during the War, working her way up to a senior position, but retired from field duty in the aftermath of an accident that rendered her unable to jack into the Matrix safely any longer. An Agent dropped a 220kV power line on her as she was jacking out, causing feedback that damaged her neural jacks in the real world. She was almost killed.

Today she is only able to jack into controlled environments such as the control center construct or training programs. The unpredictable nature of the Matrix broadcast signal could overload her damaged jacks and cause permanent or fatal damage to her. Still, she had a tremendous amount of experience in the Matrix, so instead of becoming a Hovercraft Captain, she accepted a position as Commander Locke's liaison to field operations in the Matrix.

Tyndall is an Icelandic beauty, all cheekbones and snowy blonde hair. She addresses operatives as “Warrior,” or by their rank, and speaks constantly of vigilance and preparedness. She tries hard to imbue missions with nobility, and encourages those around her to be their best. Her manner is practiced and professional, but not without a sense of encouragement. She often ends conversations with inspirational phrases.

Tyndall considers herself to be a representative of Zion, but in spite of her effort to paint herself as a servant of the cause, she has become a leader through her devotion and dedication. She often takes personal responsibility for the mishaps of Zion, feeling that somehow, the fault is her own; she is quick to apologize when things have gone awry. Tyndall sometimes speaks to her operatives in the Matrix as if she is with them, likely because she desires nothing more than to return to the Matrix to work for Zion's victory firsthand.

Tyndall appears only in The Matrix Online, in which she is voiced by Kit Harris.

Zee

Zee (played by Nona Gaye) appears in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Zee is a native Zionite who experienced the pain of losing her brothers Dozer and Tank (from the original Matrix film), both of whom were killed while serving aboard the Nebuchadnezzar. Unbeknownst to her, Zee's husband Link had a pact with Dozer that he would take over as Operator on the Neb should anything happen to Dozer. It's a constant thorn in the side of their marriage, with Zee demanding that Link switch to another ship, and Link refusing to break his promise to his wife's deceased brother. Ultimately, Zee supports her husband's decision, and even takes up arms in the defence of Zion against the invading Machine army (as shown in Revolutions), attempting to stop the diggers with shoulder-mounted rocket launchers. She and another Zionite, Charra (Rachel Blackman), form a loader-gunner team (with Zee as the loader, and Charra as the trigger). Charra is killed while attempting to flee from a pack of Sentinels, although Zee narrowly manages to escape. Zee is also the sister-in-law of Cas, who was Dozer's wife.

Zee plays an integral part in the battle, by providing Kid with cover while he opened the gate to Zion. She shoots down a Sentinel with an EMP gun that Kid missed that was about to kill him, allowing him to blast open the gate. This allowed the Hammer to crash land and activate their EMP, disabling the first wave of Sentinels. This, in turn, gave Neo and Trinity the time they needed to get to the machine city and negotiate peace.

Zee is an adherent to an unspecified religion, in contrast to her irreligious husband Link. As such, she gives Link a charm necklace before he departs Zion with the Neb; he wears it ("Couldn't hurt," he says) during the climactic flight back to Zion during Revolutions, and it is implied that he too becomes involved with Zee's religion.

The role of Zee was originally given to singer/actress Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash on August 25th, 2001, before she could complete shooting her part for The Matrix Revolutions. Many actresses were named as potential replacements, including Beyonce Knowles, Eva Mendes, Samantha Mumba, Brandy Norwood and Tatyana Ali. Ali actress Nona Gaye was named as Aaliyah's replacement in April 2002. Gaye was nominated for an NAACP Image Award along with co-star Jada Pinkett Smith for the role of Niobe.

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