Matrix, The Easter Egg - Presidents in the Matrix

After Cypher betrays his friends, he tells the agent that he wishes to come back as someone famous, an actor, he wants to be powerful, and he wants to remember nothing. Now, the agent calls Cypher Mr. Reagan, so Cypher could be Ronald Reagan. He was famous, an actor, was very powerful and since he has Alzheimers, he can't remember anything.

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Foch writes:
to Lozer... The Messiah thing is common knowledge, yes Neo is their savior digitally speaking, (Their own personal Jesus Christ) However Trinity is not because of his 3 day resurrection. In the New Testament we discover that God exists in 3 different forms at once, none of which are any less Him. We have come to abbreviate this as the Trinity. You may have heard of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (By the way the Old Testament has TONS of Easter Eggs from God on that subject. "Let us make man in OUR image" etc.) But what IS interesting in the Matrix is whenever Neo says "God!" Trinity says "What?" which is easy to miss cause we'd often react that way when someone exclaims something. Foch
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Noffkido writes:
Why do the agents call everyone by their real name (i.e. overemphasized "Mister Anderson" except they always call Morpheus "Morpheus"? Why is that?
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S forever writes:
Neo died for 72 seconds. 24 x 3 = 72. Christ was dead for three days. 1 day = 24 hours 24 x 3 =72. How about that?
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Noffkido writes:
Okay, everybody, here's what I think as an intelligent person: 1) Louis Cipher could be Lou Cipher or Lucifer--I like that analysis. However, this character seems to be more of a Judas character if we are to stick with the Biblical references (honestly, I'm surprised no one mentioned this yet). He delivers his leader into the hands of the enemy (just like Judas), he receives a meal and a new life (one could presume this would be comparable to gold coin in the morbid real world), and I bet there are more references (I'll keep looking). 2) The Ronald Reagan reference seems a little far stretched, but I'll buy it because it's funny. 3) Also, I like the Neo, Trinity, and Tank as the Holy Trinity correlation. Neo is Jesus (the new or "neo" savior), Tank is God the Father overseeing everyone and delivering them from evil (the agents and the matrix), finally, Trinity is the Holy Spirit. Ultimately, it is her unconditional love for Neo that resurrects him. This makes sense to me.
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Kurtreznor writes:
you know, when i heard the 'mr. reagan' i thought of ronald because of the actor and powerful and thought it was funny. i didnt even think about alzhiemers and not remembering anything, but that makes it even funnier, whether it was intentional or not. as for the comparison to the trinity: toward the end, i kind of thought of neo as jesus (obvious), tank as god(he watches and helps from outside the matrix), thus trinity would be the holy spirit (i had also considered the idea of the oracle being the holy spirit, but at the end when it is the three trying to save morpheus, trinity as the third makes more sense), and morpheus is man needing to be saved. please put in your own ideas on this, i would like to hear support for this or other views on this :)
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pianista writes:
Not to over-do the biblical references, but one name analysis nobody has brought up yet is Neo's first name. His name in the matrix is Thomas Anderson, and in the bible, Thomas was the disciple who would not believe of jesus resurrection untill he saw him and touched his hands for himself, sort of the same way Neo refuses to believe the story about the matrix when morpheus first introduces to him untill he is part of it first-hand. What do you guys think?
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k3rMiT_401 writes:
well the comment BORG300 gave about "Apoc and the Apocalypse" does bring up a point since Apoc was kind of the "heavy weapons guy" in the movie.
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AciDHeLL writes:
Hmm... except Morpheus. The agents call Morpheus not by his true name but by his alias of Morpheus. Strange inconsistency.
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pagiel writes:
Kwittewitty is so right about Cypher's real name is Mr.Reagan. He's called that by the agents before he tell them he wants to be a Star. But maybe the name has a point anyway... as every other name in the movie seems to have a point.
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Gid writes:
Perhaps, because the Matrix obviously isn't realtime, the fact that Neo was brought out of the Matrix, and therefore caused Cypher's (or Reagans) death meant that so called "history" of the Matrix was altered, and in that particular reality, Reagan never existed... complicated, but philosophical, no?
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lekoshimura writes:
Cypher could be an anagram ("Louis Cypher") to one of the devil´s name, Lucifer, like Robert de Niro´s character in the movie 'Angel Heart'.
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ayakos writes:
First of all I must say that I'm addicted to this movie and love analyzing it. So here what I found about the names in the movie: First) Neo: anagram for One (ok, it's well-known!) Second) Morpheus: here in Greece, about 2500 years ago was the god who controled dreams. Just what Fishburne did with Mr. Anderson in the movie. Third) Trinity: According to the holy bible the woman has 3 hypostasis. .Friend: Helping Neo when in the Matrix to save Morpheus ..Girl friend: When she was in love with him and assured the prophecy ...Mother: When after admitting her passion "gave birth to him" once again....
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mhuirnin writes:
The reference to Ronald Reagan was either a coincidence or an inside joke, because Reagan was an actor and president before the Matrix would have been formed. Morpheus tells Neo that he thought it was 1999, but it was really 2199 (or something like that), and that the Matrix was formed at the end of the millenium when the world came together to celebrate, AI was invented, machines took over and so on.
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TVMom writes:
I just figured that Reagan was "Cypher's" real name in the Matrix, like Neo's real name is Mr. Anderson. I do believe that to be true, but you raise an interesting point about the similarities to Ronnie.
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SimEri writes:
The reason the agents calls Neo Mr Andersen is the same reason they use the matrix, they lie to the humans about there real identety. Like slavery in america, where the peoples names where discarded and they have been given slavenames. Thomas A. Andersen is his Matrix name, Neo is the name he choose, on the train tracks Agent Smith said "good by Mr. Andersen" and Neo said "My name is Neo"
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JD writes:
I found the Reagan referance funny and interesting. But found it also interesting that the agent first calls Cypher Mr. Reagan "before" Cypher describes what he wants to be like.
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Mr Dog writes:
to Lefty legs. you see four things on the ground, presumably bodies. the one on the far right is only just in the shot i think wide screen is necissisary for confirmation. there is also the point that trinity may be blocking the fifth, don't know.
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uKER writes:
The original script for the movie actually says Cypher dies. The movie was supposed to be a little more bloody than it turned out to be. Supposedly, Tank first shot Cypher on one knee, severing his leg, and then on his head, making it explode. Nice stuff, huh?
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TRiNiTY writes:
Cypher is called "Mr. Reagan" by Smith. Cypher says "I don't wanna remember nothing." Ronald Reagan notoriously said "I don't remember" during the Iran-Contra scandal (covert operations.) Cypher says, "I wanna be rich, you know, someone important. Like an actor." Ronald Reagan was an actor before he was President. Cypher has traits of Satan. Ronald Wilson Reagan was referred to by some as Satan, there are 6 letters in each of his 3 names, 666. Cypher wishes to live a life of material decadence. Ronald Reagan presided over an era remembered for decadence, greed, and deceit. And to those people who claimed that this was impossible due to the fact that Cypher allegedly "died" and Ronald Reagan is still alive, please remember that The Matrix is filled with references to religion, history, politics and society in general. Just because Cypher possibly represents Reagan, doesn't mean he has to live and die exactly the same way.
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NamelessOne writes:
The joke or reference about Reagan is not just intentionally I think, but the rest of it is too much interpretation. No, Cypher isn't dead I would say. Why should he anyway? Tank wasn't dead too. This Louis Cypher anagram thing is nonsense in my eyes. You can forget about that...
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Neutronova writes:
No, only one agent was named smith, he was just there more than once. There was also an agent brown and something else..
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Agent_Smith writes:
The comment about Cypher wasn't a joke, the ability to joke or understand irony does not exist among Artificial Intelligence (AI) such as that of the Agents. An interesting thought, could Cypher have been Ronald Reagan while in the matrix, but looked different in the real world? Far fetched, yes, but let me know what you think.
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Sneaky Dave writes:
You know, they (The creators/writers/someone who suggested it to the creators) could have just thought it was amusing to call him that for the reasons originally listed, they most likely didn't mean that Cypher was Reagan in the Matrix...
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To O Mega writes:
In reference to the whole Biblical Allegory thing: My parents saw biblical allegory in The Dark Crystal and Star Wars. I can look at The Matrix and see Wiccan allegory, such as the woman Trinity. Being that she is female, she is then the embodiment of the Threefold Goddess. In addition, Morpheus is a pagan god--and OMG there's suddenly a link with the Sandman comic series, because Dream was Morpheus! I think this is all an allegory to seeing the shape of a dog in the clouds.
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Tarquin writes:
i thought that remark about Mr.Reagan was a joke.He was making a reference to him wanting to be like Ronald. Maybe, just my opinion.
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I think more than four people died. Mouse was gunned down the police. Then Dozer (or was it Tank?) was gunned down by Cypher. Then Cypher pulled the plug on Switch and Apoc. So, by my count that's five dead.
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cyborg2017 writes:
the matrix year is 1999 regan is and old fart by then Cypher can`t be regan in respects to a thing we call a "TIMELINE"> start-----finish
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Iforgetus writes:
To what oren said: Cypher wasn't the only one who didn't believe in Neo because everyone else doubted him too.
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brainkisser writes:
OK, I thought Cypher being called Reagan was pretty funny, but a lot of you really do over analyze it. And I know it has references to the bible, but as i said before a lot of you people are starting to see things and give meaning to things that are just NOT there. Wich is such a waist of time. Plus co-winkadink?!? Huge bad.;D
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Nightskye writes:
Cypher didn't die in the Matrix. Joe Panta (however you spell it) said in an interview that he will be back in the sequel because he isn't dead. If you look at one of the later scenes after he's shot, and this was from him in an interview, there are only 3 bodies seen, not four, as it should be.
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lewis_plus writes:
the whole thing in the train station where agent smith says "you hear that mr Anderson...that is the sound of enevertablaty...your death... I’m going to enjoy seeing you die!" and the neo says "my name is neo". ok lets break it down neo means "new man" or "the new" it is also an anagram of "one" as in the one, messiah so by say "my name is neo" he's excepting his role as the one and the messiah and believing he is it. that or he like the name more then Thomas Anderson.
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Neo is the One: the Saviour/the Christ. Where there is a Christ, there must be an AntiChrist (and vice-versa). Ronald(6 letters) Wilson(6) Reagan(6) was the real prophesied "1st Beast whose actions were the opposite of the Christ, he was ruler of the world, lied to all nations, and was wounded yet lived". Google: Reagan 666. (George Walker Bush Jr. was/is the "2nd Beast who imitated the 1st Beast [Reagan] and made 'fire come down from the heavens' with the 'destruction of Babylon' [Iraq War]". United[6] States[6] Dollar[6] is the "mark of the Beast that everyone must have to buy and sell with" - The Revelation Chapter 13.) Neo/One, God all have 3 letters representing Holy Trinity.
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LeftyLegs writes:
sorry to dissapoint u, but Cypher didnt die. He killed the other two people by pulling their plugs while they were in the Matrix and then he killed one of the normal born people who work in the ship. That would be 3 people. In one part of the movie they show 3 bodies covered with cloth. If indeed Cypher was dead, there would be 4 corpses, not 3!
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Cypher writes:
I'll have to disappoint you now too LeftyLegs. It's rather obvious that Cypher is dead. Anyway, where was he if he didn't die. He couldn't have got out the ship. Also the crew would have wrapped the bodies in cloth probably as a sign of respect. So it is obvious then tat they wouldn't show any respect to the person who had killed Dozer, Switch and whoever else was killed (was it Mouse?).
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Jeremy writes:
Cypher is not dead! The Wachowski brothers (writers/directors) have already said that he is coming back. They are the ones who originally pointed out the 4 body bags (apoc, switch, mouse, dozer).
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eponine writes:
uh OK - Matty_von_batty - kind of different when Neo died - he was JESUS! pretty much anyway, it's different when a messiah dies to an ordinary human person. mentor - if you mean you don't see an f in cypher then it's the ph honey - Also that Ronald Reagan thing - uh I don't think so I mean I know it's not real time and all but I mean...no it's too far fetched I think. that's it!
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Party writes:
I think the mention to Mr. Reagan is classic - Here is another one - Right after the agents put the locator in Neo ,Trinity and the gang grab him. Switch calls him "coppertop" in reference to him being a "battery" for the aliens!
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LuzeR writes:
c'mon! matrix doesn't have a continuous time-line, but a circular one. this is clear when agent smith tells Morpheus the matrix is set at the peak of human civilization. so it can't go past 2000 something, when man created AI. the matrix repeats itself with different persons, thus cypher Could be R. Reagan... enjoy the brain twister!
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the bob dude writes:
about the Lucifer thing, i think what lekoshimura might have meant was Lou Cypher which you can interpret into Lou Cyfer or Lucifer
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¤Rogue¤ writes:
Ok. Now I'm not sure who commented on this first but more then 5 ppls died. Mouse was gunned down, Switch and Apoc were killed by Cypher along with Dozer, then Cypher himself was killed. THEN, Neo dies and comes back to life. AH! that still counts as dying does it not? also! Agent Smith is killed by the ressurected Neo. That would be 7. BOO YA!
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McMonkey writes:
I noticed something. Cypher could also be interpreted as Cifer -- a secret message hidden and decoded using binary through sound (like morse code) if i'm wrong please don't repeatedly tell me.
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vestibule writes:
Maybe Cypher is Reagan because his big scene involves the use of and death by "ray gun". shootin in the dark
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HotDawg58 writes:
Actually Cypher died from Tank shooting him becuase Tank wasn't dead after Cypher shot him, he was just wounded and on the ground for a while but then he got back up and shot Cypher, and I believe 5 people did die because Mouse, Apoc, Switch, Cypher, and Dozer all died.
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Dark Smurf writes:
You have to remember that the Agents always call people by their non-Matrix names. The Agents always refered to Neo as Thomas A. Anderson, so you would think that they would treat everyone as such, meaning Cypher's non-Matrix name is Mr. Reagan.
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Master writes:
Perhaps they don't know his Matrix identity? Is it possible they do not know who he is, because they have never seen him, other than when interrogating him, but know he exists, by reputation?
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rtbrush32 writes:
I think you all are taking this too far. THE MATRIX WAS NOT REALTIME, NOR IN OUR REALITY! The Matrix is a great work of fiction. Please keep it that way. They made references to Reagan, yes. Was he supposed to be the Ronald Reagan of our time? I highly doubt it. The Matrix didn't model people, they modeled themselves. Remember the whole thing about "digital image". It is what they see themselves as.
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HardBandit writes:
To "Mentor": There is no F but there is a "ph" a common replacement for f these days
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DeathsDesign writes:
Just a small thing, maybe no one noticed. When talking to Cipher, Agent Smith calls him, Mr. Reeegun (that is how it sounds when he says it). If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.
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Jeffro writes:
The 2nd Matrix (Reloaded) is tentatively looking at a release in May of 2003, and the Third, which I forget the name, is tentative on November of 2003.
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comslash writes:
It seems as though if this is hidden in the Bible, then let's just get one thing straight: Did not one of the apostles say (i'm gonna reword it to make sense) "The word of God will be spread by believers and non-believers?" - Put it this way... the Matrix has SOME (not perfectly though) references, however most are PAGAN BELIEFS, -- remember that they see a computer as a supreme being (Antichrist reference anyone?) Passion of the Christ -- another movie, except all done straight out with no hidden biblical references -- was done by non-Christians as well.
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Oren writes:
Notice that Cypher is the only one who says that Neo will not succeed in the jump, when Neo is in the Jump program. He is the only one who is convinced that Neo wouldn't make it. This is a clue for Cypher being the one who will betray his friends.
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I just wanted to make a comment on how Cypher died... When Tank zapped him, he flew back into the pipeworks and tubings of the Nebuchannezard. (Spell much?) Kinda like in ALIEN when the alien was lurking in there at the end... but anyways. I believe (now that I think about it) that Cypher was temporarily forgotten during the chaos and was left there. During another chaotic moment, after he had time to regain strength (say, when the Sentinels we prying open the ship) that he escaped and made his way towards a hatchery. Cypher may live!! --MUSH
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Boardhed79 writes:
Have you also heard that either Trinity or Morpheus will become an agent in the sequel? Interesting.
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The sequel to the Matrix is supposed to be released around June or Christmas 2002. Here is a web-site with some information http://killermovies.com/matrix/
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BORG300 writes:
Connections between the Bible and the Matrix: Trinity is the holy trinity Neo is Jesus Cypher is suppose to be the Devil and a new one... Apoc is short for the Apocalypse
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Dude writes:
Wait a minute, thats impossible since in the movie Cipher died, but Ronald Reagan is still alive...Oops, I forgot, the matrix isn't real...but thats just what THEY want you to think!
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I personally think the reference with president Reagan is for real, but it's just an egg. It's just for fun! No need to go thinking about how it fits in the Matrix story-line or time-line. It's just an egg! You know EASTER egg... Another thing.. I heard that Matrix part 2 and 3 would come out at the same time. Is this true -Saint-Babylon-
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Phat Cheops writes:
I've always wondered if "Reagan" was a reference to "Regan" from "The Exorcist". Was Cypher in full control of himself when he made the deal? Thinking this might be elaborated upon in the next 2 movies.
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EggGuy writes:
Cypher has to be dead. Tank hit him head on with that gun thing.
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agente_q writes:
-The reason that Agent Smith, calls Morpheus "Morpheus" is because he is not living in The Matrix, so him couldn't have a "Matrix name" -The agents never pronounce the name "Trinity", maybe is too sacred to say for they -Morpheus can be also John the baptist, because he ever says "he will come..." (the concept, obviusly) -Cypher is judas, because him sells Jesus to the agents. -The agents could be Satan, because they can take any form, and to be anywhere. -The joke about "your" president Reagan is only a joke, no more analysis
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KoRe T> writes:
Another name thing: All of the agents are named Jonh Smith. this iz because the most common name in america. this sorta like in the book Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Ford Prefect picked his name because it wuz populaire.
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Tom M. writes:
They are making two sequels, and I don't know when they are coming out. They were both being shot in Sydney, where the original was shot.
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lozer writes:
I hate to bring this up to... but think about this religious aspect. Neo died. Christ died. Christ rose on the 3rd day. What does Trinity mean? 3. Hmmmm....'do you think that's air your really breathing'? Co-winkadink or fact? IS there no spoon?
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