The Matrix

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Name: The Matrix
Date(s): March 31, 1999
May 15, 2003
November 5, 2003
Medium: Movies
Country of Origin: United States
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The Matrix is a cyberpunk action movie franchise, including three movies, The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). The fandom exploded after the first movie came out, but fizzled after the final two movies came out. Prominent pairings included the canon Neo/Trinity and Switch/Apoc, as well as Smith/Neo. Common tropes included examining the backstory and motivations for the character Cypher, creating original characters to go through a similar introduction to the "Real World" like Neo did in the first movie, and exploring the milieu.

Hugo Weaving, who played the main villain, went on to play Elrond in The Lord of the Rings two years later, causing great cognitive dissonance in many viewers. Before The Matrix, he had not been well known outside Australia, except to fans of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a comedy about Australian drag queens.

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