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|“||I am the Architect. I created The Matrix.||„|
|~ The Architect describing his role to Neo, the sixth One.|
The Architect is a major antagonist of The Matrix trilogy; serving as a major antagonist in The Matrix Reloaded and the secondary antagonist of The Matrix Revolutions. He was played by Helmut Bakaitis.
The Architect uses very affluent vocabulary which emphasizes his infinite intelligence. He is very racist towards humans. He is also extremely humorless and unemotional, so he has no emotions. Nonetheless, he was capable of keeping promises, as when the Oracle asked him about the humans, he mentioned they would "naturally" be freed, and when asked if he was to maintain his end of the bargain, he said to her "what do you think I am, human?" while implying that humans don't keep promises.
Once The Machines enslaved humanity, a program called the Architect created a peaceful simulation called the Matrix and the Agents led by Agent Smith. At first the Architect attempted to make a utopia but ultimately the human mind refused that type of reality due to few food. As a result, it was the first beta. After some unannounced amount of time he created a world similar to what we see as modern time but with nightmarish creatures. The second beta failed as well.
As time went on the Architect and a program all human knew called the Oracle formed a way to keep the Matrix and humans under control by forming a story meant to give hope to the few who knew the truth. It turns out that the One is meant to reboot the Matrix about every 100 years to keep the humans and presumably the Machines from becoming extinct.
The Five Ones
Every century for five centuries, the Architect has met the first five Ones. He gave them a choice to reboot the Matrix or leave humanity extinguished. All five of them chose to go to the source. The sixth Matrix has begun.
The Sixth One
66 years have passed and the sixth One, Neo was created. 34 years later, the Architect noticed that his most favored agent Smith went rogue, so the Architect converted Smith into a virus. The Architect finally sees Neo. He explains to Neo that the One prophecy is false and that Neo is the result of a systemic anomaly that brings imbalance to even the most simplistic equations. Unlike the previous five Ones, Neo has deep feelings with Trinity. Neo has a different choice compared the first five Ones.
Since Neo made peace with the Machina, he then met up with the Oracle and told her that her game was "very dangerous" (implying he found out about her role in ensuring Neo found an alternate means to end the war). He then acknowledged that, thanks to Neo's actions, humanity will be freed from the Matrix as promised per the peace agreement, although the Architect highly doubted the peace will last long and implied that humanity may just decide to break their end of the bargain.
Powers and Abilities
The Architect has a pen that if touched, changes his hundreds of monitors to focus on someone else. In one case, the monitors of Neo show his many different reactions compared to what Neo was going to say.
- "You have many questions and though the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, some of them you will not. Concurrently, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize, it is also the most irrelevant."
- "Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control, which has led you, inexorably, here."
- "The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect; it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus I redesigned it, based on your history, to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another: an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the Matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother."
- "Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it and we have become exceedingly efficient at it."
- "Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.".
Neo Monitors Quotes
- "Others? How many? What others?" (The different responses of Neo questioning his predecessors.)
- "You can't control me! I'm going to smash you to bits! Fuck you! You're fucking dead! I'll fucking kill YOU! I can say whatever I want! You can't make me do that! You old, white, prick!" (The different responses of Neo not understanding the Architect.)
- "BULLSHIT!" (The response of Neo denying the attack on Zion.)
- Sean Connery was originally going to play the Architect.
- The Architect was parodied by Will Ferrell in the 2003 MTV Movie Awards intro.
- According to Cornel West, who not only had a cameo in the film as Councillor West, but also was a massive influencing factor in the Wachowski Sisters' (at the time the Wachowski Brothers) decision to write the movies, the Architect's scene, and to some extent the overall film, was meant to be a "devastating critique of all salvation stories."
- The Architect is seen as a caricature of Sigmund Freud.